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Access Recreation Boston

200 Portland St, Boston, United States
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Access Recreation Boston is a platform for connecting participants with adaptive recreation - and supporting professionals who make the programs happen! HISTORY

Access Recreation Boston was started in 2008 when a group of adaptive and therapeutic recreation providers kept bumping into each other at local events, realizing that they had much to share without quite the right forum. With a brief mention of the then "Greater Boston Access to Recreation" in a grant application, the Shapiro Foundation's interest was piqued. Acting as a connecting force and providing meeting space and the occasional lunch, the Shapiro Foundation helped to give what is now Access Recreation Boston a solid place to start from.

In the fall of 2011, Greater Boston Access to Recreaton (GBAR) hosted its first event, a "speed networking" forum attended by 24 local professionals. It was one of the first events of its kind, bringing together adaptive recreation professionals from across the region in various sports, disciplines and disabilities served. The overarching call-to-action from this meeting was the demand to organize more formally and create a 'clearing-house' of recreational opportunities in the Greater Boston area.

Since then, GBAR (now Access Recreation Boston) has hosted four conferences attended by as many as 85 professionals, with keynotes including Paralympic athletes Cheri Blauwet, Maureen McKinnon, Ernst Van Dyk, and Joe Walsh, and sessions ranging from grant writing and risk management to adaptive equipment and inclusion strategies.

Working closely with local professionals as well as the Boston Disability Task Force, we hear again and again the need for a single point of reference for individuals with disabilities to discover the multitude of local recreation opportunities already available. We hear how valuable it is to connect as a field, to know the people behind other programs in order to make the best referrals, and how progams want to improve the quality of their services in addition to expanding outreach.


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Access Recreation Boston

Check out the pictures from last Friday's January Thaw Social! What a night! Many thanks to DCR Universal Access Program and Institute for Human Centered Design for hosting, and to our guest Debby King from the Perkins School for the Blind!

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Are you a young leader with a disability? Are you ready to unleash your inner Service Warrior? Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) Service Warriors is a community service and leadership development program for youth with disabilities between the ages of 16-23. Our EPIC Service Warriors meet for one year to participate in community service projects and leadership development workshops around the Greater Boston area. Service Warriors learn more about their local communities and develop both practical skills and self-confidence to help them pursue their future goals. We believe that every young person has a Warrior within! Please visit to learn more and apply online today! Our deadline is fast approaching!

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Brainstorming opportunity: Social programs for adults with Aspergers in Boston? T or Ride accessibility? Great minds, unite!

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Save the date! Access Recreation Boston's Spring Conference will be Tuesday, April 5th at the Grand View Farm in Burlington! #adaptivepros #profdev #adaptiverecreation #inclusion

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Access Rec Member Social: January Thaw | Access Recreation Boston: Accessible Recreation...

The January Thaw Member Social is less than two weeks away! Take some time this month to practice what you preach and COME PLAY!

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Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Welcome, Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation! -Four winter sports at 6 locations -Full summer program of golf, cycling, paddling, hiking & fishing Recently Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation has: Created a Mono Ski Camp to improve the skiing abilities of mono skiers with multi-day, high level instruction. Taken the cycling & kayaking programs to Acadia National Park in order to reach more people in the Bangor area. Expanded the Nordic skiing program to Presque Isle. Check them out at!

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation


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Access Rec Member Social: January Thaw

Warm up on January 29th at our members-only social: the Access Rec January Thaw (now that it's cold enough to be wishing for a thaw...) Join other members for a fun professional development session and refreshments, followed by adaptive skating! FRIDAY, JANUARY 29th, 4:30-8:00 p.m. Free for all Access Rec Boston members! (Organizations: call if you want to send more than 3 staff) 4:30 - 6:00 Professional development session with Debby King from the Perkins School for the Blind Library 6:00 - 8:00 Skating: Games on Ice, hosted by DCR Universal Access Program @ Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland St. Boston followed by games on ice at nearby Steriti Rink.


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