MIAA launches initiative for adaptive athletes

Reposted from the Boston Globe: By Shira Springer Globe Staff  November 03, 2015 Attention high school students with disabilities: The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association wants you. The MIAA is launching an initiative aimed at increasing participation in adaptive sports in the current school year. Last week, an e-mail was sent to all MIAA principals and […]


Join us at the ADA Celebration on the Boston Common next week!

ADA 25 Boston Celebration Set for July 22nd on Boston Common

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most transformative civil rights laws in US history. Its mandate created equal access and opportunities for persons with disabilities. To commemorate the historic 25th anniversary of its signing, the ADA New England Center with cooperation of state, city and area organizations is proud to announce that the official 25th Anniversary recognition will occur on Wednesday, July 22nd from 11am – 3pm on the Boston Common.

This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will include dignitaries, celebrities, music, demonstrations, education booths, music, games and more. The theme of the event honor’s the tremendous achievements accomplished in the past 25 years to advance equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities, while rallying the public to forge ahead and take on new challenges. The event will start with a festive march around Boston Common kicked off by City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

“Much remains to be done to achieve full inclusion for all Americans with disabilities, but it is a different and better world today thanks to the first 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Meet the pioneers of the ADA as well as young advocates on the Common.” – Oce Harrison, Director of the New England Americans with Disabilities Act Center in Boston

For more information on the event, visit

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Come see us at the DCR Accessible Recreation Fair this Saturday!

DCR to Host Accessible Recreation Fair at Artesani Park in Brighton

Boston –Thursday, May 21, 2015- With spring and summer being prime recreational seasons, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has scheduled an Accessible Recreation Fair at Artesani Park in Boston that will feature displays and demonstrations of accessible recreation equipment for cycling and other activities.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 10:00AM-3:00PM, at Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood. 

The event is sponsored by DCR’s Universal Access Program; the free fair is targeted toward persons with disabilities, their friends, and family. The fair will showcase a variety of accessible outdoor recreation programs and equipment to help persons of all ages with physical, cognitive, sensory, developmental, and other types of disabilities enjoy outdoor sports and recreation.

“Our Universal Access Program is one of the most innovative and groundbreaking programs in the nation,” said DCR Universal Access Director Tom McCarthy. “It has helped make the recreation programs in our state and urban parks more inclusive, so that people with disabilities can participate independently or with their friends and families in a wide variety of activities.”

The fair is a celebration of the many forms and varieties of accessible outdoor recreation. Activities will include sports and recreation equipment on display, power soccer demonstrations, adaptive cycling with an assortment of accessible cycles available for use, hiking demonstrations, kite decorating and flying, a D.J., snacks, and more. Many local organizations will be on site, with opportunities to learn more about adaptive summer recreation opportunities and sign up for summer programs.

“UAP provides people with disabilities an opportunity to get outside, be active, and connect with others in the community, perhaps most importantly, to find out what is possible,” said Chenine Peloquin, Project Director for Access Recreation Boston. “Participating in activities that you enjoy and challenge you adds incredible value to life. This event provides an opportunity to find new organizations and ideas, and is a great way to spend a sunny day!

Preregistration is recommended, especially for use of equipment or to request an ASL interpreter. For information, to pre-register, or to ask about volunteer opportunities, call Marcy Marchello at 413-545-5758 or 413-577-3840.

DCR’s Universal Access Program sponsors a wide variety of adaptive recreation opportunities in the summer and winter seasons at locations across the Commonwealth. In addition to winter activities, DCR parks and facilities offer summer activities including cycling, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, hiking, and bird watching. Skilled instructors and volunteers provide equipment, instructions, and support.

For more information on DCR’s Universal Access Program and a schedule of activities, visit or call 413-545-5353.

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Spring 2015 Conference

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Access Recreation Boston is hosting its third Spring Conference: Join us for a day of networking, learning and community building! Meet other professionals who understand the unique challenges and opportunities to providing recreation programs for people with disabilities and participate in sessions that apply to the work you do!

Registration now open! CEUs available!

When: Wednesday, March 25th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at Special Olympics Massachusetts, Yawkey Sports Training Center, 512 Forest St. Marlborough, MA


ARB 2015 Members*: $30
Non-Members: $60

Not yet a member? Join here

*Remember, Organizational members can send up to three staff at the member rate!

Schedule at a Glance:
  • Registration & Networking
  • Breakout sessions
  • Lunch
  • Breakout sessions
  • Keynote
  • Wrap Up

GeoffKrillKeynote: Geoff Krill

Adventure Athlete.  Competitor.  Innovator.  Motivator.  National Team Member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA)

Breakout Sessions (choose 2 of 3) – .2 CEUs available*

Working with Clients with MS: Implications for Participation in Community Based Programs
(Presented by Jen Frye, M.A., CTRS/L)

JenFryeWorking with clients with multiple sclerosis can be challenging due to the varying components of this complex diagnosis. Every person presents with different symptoms and different medication side effects; it can be hard to determine what to expect when someone with MS registers for your program. Come and better understand MS and the role of recreation with this population.


Accessible Self-Guided Trail Experiences: Moving Toward Inclusion Through Collaboration and Built Environments.
(Presented by Lucy Gertz, M.A.Ed.)


Mass Audubon is halfway through a goal of creating 20 self-guided, accessible, interpreted nature trails around the Commonwealth. Ten trails are completed and four more are currently in progress. We’ll share our story of collaboratively developing these trails with DCR’s Universal Access Program, Perkins School, local resource agencies, donors, and many volunteers. This accessible trails project is part of a larger, long-term effort to make Mass Audubon’s 20 nature centers more welcoming and inclusive, to connect a broader and more diverse audience to the nature of Massachusetts. We’ll share highlights from our ongoing efforts and insights into our continuous learning curve in inclusion and accessibility. We’ll introduce another related project, which is federally funded, supporting the continued work with our collaborators to produce a manual of guidelines and best practices for developing accessible trail experiences and engaging visitors of all abilities during the planning and after the trails are completed.


Social Media 102: You’re Social, Now What? Using Social Media to Build Community and Promote Your Organization
(Presented by Suzan Czajkowski, M.A., PCC)


You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your department or organization, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? Thoughtful promotion is critical to increasing participation and awareness of the services you provide, along with building relationships! We’ll take a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram – as we examine how to use each channel and get the most out of them. We’ll explore the benefits of using each, how they are being used, some dos and don’ts for each channel, and how to tell if your social media efforts are working. We’ll top it all off with 5 tips for increasing your social media reach.

*The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has approved .2 CEUs for this opportunity. Certificates of Attendance will also be available.



The ARB Spring Conference is sponsored by:

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Come visit ARB at the Paralympic Experience this Sunday!

For youth and adults who have visual or mobility impairments.
November 16, 1:00-4:30 pm | Harvard University

Paralympic Experience Flyer – New England – Fall 2014

Hosted by Adaptive Sports New England