Community Resource Guide

Updated: Feb 19

To Accessible Recreational Facilities and Programs

Parks and Playgrounds

Barton Road Housing Complex Playground, Wellesley, MA

There are separate play structures for ages 2-5 and 5-12. There is completely accessible rubber surfacing, several slides, climbers, play panels, picnic tables, benches, ADA swings, a rocket ship and other riders, a merry-go-round, and more!

rubber surfacing, several slides, climbers, play panels, picnic tables, benches, ADA swings, a rocket ship and other riders, a merry-go-round, and more!

109 Barton Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481


Sprague School Playground, Wellesley, MA

Everyone’s Playground was added to Sprague and opened in 2009, designed to provide exciting and challenging play for children of all ages and abilities. The first truly accessible playground in Wellesley provides children, who use wheelchairs or walkers or who have physical limitations, the ability to play right by their classmates’ sides upon the structure.

401 School St, Wellesley, MA 02482


Lyons Pride Playground/SMILE Playground, Sudbury, MA

Two Playgrounds that are within walking distance of each other, playgrounds include smooth surfaces throughout, ramps to the play areas, and transfer stations.

40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury, MA 1776 66 Dudley Road, Sudbury, MA 1776



Playground at Harambee Park, Boston, MA


Harambee Park is chock full of recreation fields: a softball field, a Little League field, a football field, five basketball courts, five tennis courts a street hockey rink, and a brand new “boundless playground” accessible to children of all physical abilities to play together; you can get to the high places via ramps, without climbing ladders or steps! There is also an accessible splash pad in the summer! 930 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 0212


Mass Audubon Accessible Trails, MA

These "All Persons Trails" trails are designed and constructed first to physically meet or exceed Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and then to incorporate universally designed interpretive features including educational stops, wildlife viewing boardwalks and platforms, picnic and play areas, and navigation resources including audio directions, guide ropes, curbing, and handrails. These trails can be found at the following Wildlife Preserves: Arcadia, Easthampton, and Northampton; Attleboro Springs, Attleboro; Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton; Boston Nature Center, Mattapan; Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester; Broadmoor, Natick; Drumlin Farm, Lincoln; Habitat, Belmont; North River, Marshfield; Pleasant Valley, Lenox; Stony Brook, Norfolk; Wellfleet Bay, Wellfleet.

For More Parks and Playgrounds, check out these sites:

https://www.accessibleplayground.net/playground-directory/

https://mommypoppins.com/boston-kids/11-inclusive-and-accessible-playgrounds-for-boston-kids

http://www.playgroundsforeveryone.com/

Adapted Sports and Recreation Programs

All Out Adventures


All Out Adventures is a non-profit organization that promotes health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation. https://www.alloutadventures.org

Easterseals Massachusetts


Easterseals MA provides essential programs and services to children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. Their mission is to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play. https://www.easterseals.com/ma/

Waypoint Adventure

Waypoint Adventure uses quality experiential and adventure-based education programs to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities. Their vision is that all people, regardless of ability, will have opportunities for adventure, and through them realize their personal value, strengths, and abilities. https://www.waypointadventure.org/



Special Olympics Massachusetts

Special Olympics Massachusetts offers year-round sports training and competition to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics training programs and competitions are offered to athletes of all ages and take place throughout the year. https://www.specialolympicsma.org/



Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) are open to all individuals in the community who are living with disabilities. Children and adults participate in a variety of sports and recreation events alongside adaptive sports professionals and Spaulding therapists. This provides the perfect environment to try new sports or get back to the one you have always enjoyed. https://sasc.spauldingrehab.org/

Franciscan Children’s Adaptive Sport Program

The Adaptive Sports Program at Franciscan Children’s provides children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports and active recreation in a fun and safe environment. The Program promotes the learning of new skills, social opportunities, and moderate to vigorous physical activity to maintain and improve health and fitness. https://franciscanchildrens.org/resources/ support-services/adaptive-sports-program/

For More Adapted Sports and Recreation Programs, check out these sites:

https://adaptivesportsne.org/

https://nedisabledsports.org/

http://www.spedchildmass.com/special-needs-recreation-disability-autism-aspergers-massachusetts/

Summer Camps and Respite

Camp Arrowhead

Based out of Natick, Camp Arrowhead operates a six-week day camp that is open to children and adults with disabilities. Campers must be at least five years old and may have a wide range of disabilities from mild to severe or multiple disabilities.

The Camp Joy Summer Program is a four-week, day-long summer camp program. This program is available to Boston residents with disabilities, ages 3 - 22, and their siblings, ages 3 - 7.

MGH Aspire Program

Offers programs for children, teens, and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorders designed to help participants develop positive social competency skills so that they can succeed at home, school, work, and in community settings. Our therapeutic curriculum focuses on teaching and implementing our "3S" model – to improve every individual's self-awareness, social competence, and stress management.

Easter Seals: Camp Sno-Mo Easterseals Massachusetts is excited to refer youth to Easterseals New Hampshire who offers camp opportunities to youth with disabilities this summer. Located in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH, children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, ages 11-21, can inclusively participate alongside Boy Scouts in a wide variety of activities including water sports, team sports, hiking, archery, a ropes course, and crafts.

Youth Leadership Network The Easter Seals Youth Leadership Network (YLN) empowers youth between the ages of 14-26 to use self-advocacy in planning their adult lives. This is a state-wide initiative with meetings and events held in Boston, Springfield, Worcester, and East Bridgewater. This is an opportunity for youth to make friends in their local communities and within the larger Network group.

The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center

The Michael Lisnow Respite Center is a place that provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families. Located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the Center serves hundreds of families. Visit their website to explore the variety of programs they offer.

For More Summer Camps and Respite Centers, check out these sites:

http://www.acanewengland.org/findacamp/index.htm

http://fcsn.org/

http://www.csde.umb.edu/shriver.html


Online Resources

YouTube Channels:

Make sure to check out our Fit Kids Exercise Videos, but here are some other great options:

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures that build strength, balance, and confidence - and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early!

https://www.youtube.com/c/CosmicKidsYoga/featured

Little Sports:

Kid-friendly instructional exercise videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIwFB4ciFi5ZCIu -VlwaOg/videos


Get Kids Moving:

Train alongside your favorite superheroes, train like a Jedi, or practice your wizarding skills, from the comfort of their home. Get off the couch, get yourself moving, and most importantly let's train up the next generation of Superheroes with 'The Get Kids Moving Initiative’.

https://www.youtube.com/c/GETKIDSMOVING/featured



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