Disability Resources provides barrier-free recreational and competitive opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities or visual impairments. Through a variety of activities, from adaptive sports, recreational outings to social gatherings and educational events, Disability Resources seeks to enhance the self-confidence, interactive skills and physical abilities of our program participants.
Youth Leadership Forum – Registering now!
The Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum is an overnight conference for youth with disabilities who want to participate in their communities, join the workforce and become successful adults. The forum helps students in their final two years of high school make the transition to higher education or work and provides them with resources that will be useful to them as adults.
Last year, more than 40 teenagers and young adults with disabilities from throughout Massachusetts gathered July 14-17 for the annual Youth Leadership Forum. The three-day overnight event was held at Bridgewater State University. In workshops and discussions, delegates learned skills that will be useful for them as adults, explored independent living and learned how to advocate for themselves. In the process, they met new friends and great role models, and developed a sense of pride as youth with disabilities. The YLF was organized and operated by Easter Seals and funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
The deadline to apply is May 15th but there’s an early-bird discount if you can get it in before March 2nd. Click here to download the application.
Disability Resources is open to people of all skill levels and age groups, as well as friends and family! An annual membership fee of $35 gives members the opportunity to participate in year-round athletic programs and social outings including, wheelchair basketball, soccer, hockey, cycling, golf, swimming, movies, dinner, concerts and more. Equipment is available to borrow for a nominal fee, such as: hand-cycles, sport wheelchairs, bi-ski, mono-skis, and bowling equipment. Members receive reduced rates on activities, special events and equipment loans, as well as a subscription to the monthly newsletter.
Information, Referral, and Library Services
Disability Resources has information on a network of agencies and services throughout the Pioneer Valley. Our staff can answer questions, provide phone numbers and addresses, and offer direction and support on issues relevant to individuals with disabilities and their families. We also have a resource library made up of books and videos on a wide variety of topics.
Whether addressing school children or business professionals, our presentations are designed to address questions, concerns and ideas about physical disabilities. Adapted play, such as wheelchair soccer, can also be incorporated to increase understanding and fun!
Call Disability Resources
Office phone: (413) 788-9695 or Nancy’s Cell phone: (413) 221-9532