CHD’s Disability Resources program offers barrier-free social activities, recreational activities and competitive sports such as Sled Hockey, wheelchair basketball, adaptive rock climbing, picnics, and more!
Programs and Activities
Disability Resources offers 15+ different activities and sports for all ages and abilities. From year-round activities like dance and movement and sled hockey, to seasonal activities like water skiing and snow skiing, we are always looking to cater to your interests. If you have a suggestion for a program, let us know! We want to provide fun, engaging, confidence-building activities for you!
Fun summer activities include: fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, basketball clinic, hip-hop dance, water skiing, cycling, and many social outings!
An annual membership fee of $50 will give you or your child:
- Opportunity to participate in year-round athletic programs
- Invitations to social outings including movies, dinner, concerts, and more
- Access to adaptive equipment such as handcycles, sport wheelchairs, bi-skis, mono-skis, and bowling equipment.
- Reduced rates on activities, special events, and equipment loans
- subscription to our 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!
CHD’s Disability Resources is open to everyone – especially those who have served our country. We are looking to work with a Vet’s Organization or a group of Vet’s to create a Veteran specific program. This could be an ongoing program or one-time event. If you have an idea or want to start a discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jess at 413-788-9695.
We are very grateful for assistance from members of the community. If you’re interested in volunteering for Disability Resources, visit our cart system, complete the free checkout, and someone will reach out to you shortly to discuss your interests and availability. Thanks for looking into volunteering to help Disability Resources!
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
- Fishing – Wednesday Evenings – No Experience Required
- Kayaking/Canoeing – Thursday Afternoons – Experience Required
- Cycling – Thursdays and Sundays – Experience Required
- Basketball – Monday Evenings – Experience Required
- Social Programs – Times Vary – Must be comfortable working with adults with intellectual disabilities
- Dance and Movement – Thursdays, September through May – No Experience Required
- Sled Hockey – September through April – Experience Required
Disability Resources strives to enhance the community and our member’s knowledge about the many resources available to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Click the links below to learn more about similar organizations or to find helpful resources.
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Survivors – Resources and information for brain and spinal cord injury survivors.
Affordablecolleges.com – Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Cerebral Palsy Guidance – All about living with Cerebral Palsy
ChicopeeCOD.us – Homepage for Chicopee’s Commission on Disabled
All Out Adventures – Nonprofit organization that promotes health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation.
Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Visiting and Recreation) – Dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities.
Amelia Park Ice Arena – Home of the Disability Resources sled hockey teams.
AbilityPlus – Offering adaptive sports and recreation programs for people of all manner of disabilities.
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports – A place where youth and adults with disabilities gain a measure of self confidence and independence by participating in adaptive sports programs and activities.
Types of Adaptive Skiing – Information about different types of adaptive skiing.
Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide, Top Destinations – Information about Adaptive Skiing, including information about resorts and top destinations.
Cerebral Palsy Group – Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that was created so that it may serve the individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.