Community Recreation Resources

MV Chamber of Commerce

The MV Chamber of Commerce’s directory allows visitors to search for accommodations that are ADA compliant.

State Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach is a two mile stretch of flat beach and calm water that parallels the highway running from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs. Between the two bridges, there is a stretch of visibly marked, handicapped accessible parking with wooden ramps onto the beach. Camp Jabberwocky and the public use this location often in the summer.

Special Olympics Massachusetts

Special Olympics changes the way people with Intellectual disabilities are seen in the world through training and competing in 23 Olympic-type sports. You can stay up to date or get involved on their website here.

The Smithsonian: Disability and History

This page from the Smithsonian Museum highlights people with disabilities throughout history and their historical impact on American culture. They also offer these pages in Spanish.

The Smithsonian: The Disability Rights Movement

The Smithsonian Museum offers an online presentation that uses pictures, text, and video to outline the disability rights movement and the American Disabilities Act.

RespectAbility: LGBT+ People with Disabilities

RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, entertainment leaders, governors, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists and the media to fight stigmas and advance opportunities. They provide articles, books, and other resources on the intersection of Disability and LGBTQ+ issues.

RespectAbility: Fighting Racism and Unconscious Bias

RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, entertainment leaders, governors, policymakers, educators, self-advocates, non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists and the media to fight stigmas and advance opportunities. They believe that diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion are more of a journey than a destination, and provide some resources to help along that journey.

The Whole Person

Based in Kansas, The Whole Person offers a broad range of services to people with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants or other care-giving services. Their Accessibility/Adaptive Equipment page shares providers of accessible and adaptive equipment as well as a general resource library.

Reasonable Accommodations

The Department of Labor outlines Reasonable Accommodation for employees and applicants with disabilities.

Move United

Move United’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, competition, recreation, high performance sport and educational programs. Here they provide a list of suppliers who stock adaptive equipment for all kinds of sports and athletic activities.

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.

Funding Adaptive Equipment

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

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