|A Universal Access Program outing at Halibut Point State Park|
Everyone Outdoors, the DCR Universal Access website blog, features articles such as "The Power of Play!," "Paragolfers," and "Want to Learn to Steer a Kayak? No Vision? No Problem!"
|LeeAnn LaRue in hat|
LeeAnn's own daughter, partially disabled by a brain tumor at three, is thirty years old now. "In the wintertime we go to Wendell State Forest where they have a program. She sits in the ski seat. One way or another they pull her up that hill. When I can get her outside doing things with me it's awesome."
|Matt Mitchell lending a hand|
He recalls stories about submersible beach chairs that enable people with disabilities to cross the sand on inflated tires for their first ocean experience. "Huge smiles! From some nonverbal participants, a lot of yelling, and that is yelling out of excitement. Little things like that really, really matter. They're life-changing things for some people"
|Park Interpreter Ramona Latham recounts the Halibut Point story|
|A Freedom Chair|
"I would say that a lot of the people we work with have a better understanding of life and more appreciation for life because of the limitations they have or how they are looked upon. This is a way of embracing their disability, of proving everybody wrong, or proving themselves wrong in some cases."
For more information or to see the calendar of upcoming events please visit the website www.mass.gov/dcr/universal-acccess.