All Americans gain when people with intellectual disabilities are fully included in their communities.
This means that supports should be available and affordable so that each individual with disabilities can not only live, learn, and work, but also enjoy recreation and leisure with others who do not have disabilities.
Learn about the Real Friends Project here
Members of The United Arc
enjoy an accessible canoeing trip.
Search Beyond Adventures
Search Beyond Adventures annually operates over 150 supervised, assisted tours for adults with developmental disabilities. Vacations are to diverse destinations, ranging from theme parks, music venues, national parks, cruises, and international locations. Monthly tours depart to Orlando and Los Angeles, and frequent mini-bus tours depart MA to regional destinations, with convenient pick-up points in Boston, Newton, and along the Mass Pike. Care providers are welcome to participate at reduced rates. Call 800-800-9979, or visit our web site for more information.
National Center for Physical Activity and Disability
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability whose goal is to provide people with disabilities with options, information, and resources to help them pursue whatever kind of activities they think they would enjoy. Website includes a directory of programs in Massachusetts which offer accessible activities and camps for people with disabilities. Also provides extensive collections of information on specific exercises and activities, technologies, nutrition and health, health promotion, relevant research, and more.
Universal Access Program
Overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the UAP manages accessible outdoor recreation programs in Massachusetts State Parks and State Ice Rinks. Website offers a listing of upcoming accessible events throughout Massachusetts' State Forests and Parks.
All Out Adventures
Created to be part of a national movement towards inclusion, All Out Adventures (AOA), Inc. delivers quality outdoor recreation programming to people of all abilities, their families and friends. Provides customized instruction to both groups and individuals. Also provides consultation with existing agencies to promote the dissemination of the most updated knowledge in adaptive recreation & assistive technology solutions. Easthampton-based.
A disability inclusive non-profit organization that provides a variety of outdoor adventure programs to persons with disabilities and their family, friends and community members. OE enables people to test their limits in a safe and supportive environment, learn new skills, engage in physical activity, build leadership skills, increase self-esteem and forge new friendships.
Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports at no charge to participants.
Easter Seals Camp and Recreation Programs Without Barriers for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Programs include residential and day camp; all-inclusive recreation and sport programs; and respite programs which give participants an opportunity to engage in social and recreational activities, while their families get a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving.
Exceptional Vacations LLC
Exceptional Vacations is dedicated to providing high quality vacation opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs. We ensure a safe environment that promotes integration, socialization, friendship and fun. Vacation packages are all-inclusive (including lodging, supervision by experienced, professional staff, ground transportation, meals, and all activities), and are available to individuals with special needs who are age 18 and over.
Searching for Camps-- Use this on-line resource
The Real Friends Project at The Arc of Massachusetts has recommended this online search site to find a camp for yourself or your family member. Your local chapter of The Arc or DDS-funded Family Support Center may also be able to help locate a camp near you.