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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