Community Recreation Resources

Bellows Fund

Elsie S. Bellows Fund provides assistive technology equipment to individuals with disabilities. Equipment might include wheelchairs (manual and electric), augmentative communication devices (ACD), environmental controls, computer equipment, lifts in the applicant’s own or nominee’s parent’s van or home, hearing aids, and more.

Camp Jabberwocky

Camp Jabberwocky offers children and adults with a wide range of disabilities the chance to enjoy the summer in a small family-like community – living together and enjoying jam-packed days filled with adventurous activities and experiences that are safe, empowering, exciting and fun. Campers stay between one and four weeks during which they enjoy activities and classes on campus and out and about in the community of Martha’s Vineyard.

Challenged Athletes Foundation

This organization provides grants to help athletes with physical disabilities access adaptive sports equipment. This can include adaptive bicycles, sports prosthetics, specialty wheelchairs, and more.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides assistive technology and accommodations to support individuals with disabilities and wounded, ill, and injured service members throughout the Federal Government in accessing information and communication technology. CAP serves Federal employees with disabilities, active duty service members with functional limitations, federal managers who are ready to hire and accommodate, and federal partner agencies that want to ensure their programs and services are accessible.

DO-IT

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive. DO-IT hosts programs and projects for precollege and college students with disabilities as well as for advocates, educators, administrators, and employers.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature preserve and center for environmental education. They provide outdoor activities and programs for preschoolers to adults, geared toward celebrating and preserving the Island’s wildlife. Felix Neck offers accessible tours by appointment, and their accessible trails and nature center are open to visitors.

Funding Adaptive Equipment

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center offers a compilation of foundations and programs to help fund the purchase of adaptive equipment.

Island Autism Group

Island Autism Group (IAG) supports individuals with autism and their families through extracurricular activities, job training, therapies, and other supports, and strive for their lifelong independence, confidence, and happiness. IAG funds comprehensive therapeutic services, activities and programs, hard goods and equipment as well as seminars, speakers, and workshops that advance and educate parents, teachers, and caregivers of children who do not fully participate in inclusive programs due to their disabilities. They also offer extracurricular programs for island students with autism and/or other intellectual disabilities ages 5-10 and 11-17 that include horseback riding, bowling, drumming and more.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

The MV Museum offers historic, artistic, and educational exhibits and programs that encourage all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connection to the Island and its diverse heritage. The museum is accessible and offers free transportation from the ferry terminal for mobility-challenged individuals and their families. They also offer a local discount to Islanders and free admission for all on Tuesday evenings.

Martha’s Vineyard Public Libraries

The Public Libraries of Martha’s Vineyard—Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury—provide accessible reading, writing, office, and computer services as well as a range of creative and informative programs. They each also serve as community hubs in their towns and offer activities for all ages. They maintain different hours, however they all operate within the same CLAMS library system.

MassMATCH

MassMATCH is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology (AT) in Consumer’s Hands. Its mission is to promote the use of AT and AT services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, enabling equal participation in all of life’s activities. MassMATCH connects individuals with AT regional centers, alternative finance programs, and providers of gently-used and refurbished equipment.

Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center

Misty Meadows offers educational and therapeutic programs to children and adults. Some of these programs include Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Therapeutic Horsemanship, Mounted Archery, and horsemanship classes. They utilize mounted and un-mounted group skill-building around horses to help learners work toward educational, professional, and personal goals. Financial assistance is available for those who need.

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