Accessible Program Partners
Are you looking for an example of like-minded organizations that have adopted GRIT’s Accessible Program? Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of those working with GRIT to make their programs more accessible. Scroll to see the total list or use the links below to jump to a specific section.
Interested in becoming a Partner or have questions on how to tailor the Program to your needs? Fill out this form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, read more about the Accessible Program here.
Adaptive Recreation Partners
Adaptive Recreation Partners
Adaptive Adventures Specialized Outdoor Adaptive Recreation (SOAR) at NORA - Ellenville, NY
Northeast Off-Road Adventures (NORA) is excited to announce our new Adaptive Adventures program: SOAR!
This program is recommended for participants with disabilities requiring use of a wheelchair. Some activities (not all) require participants have sufficient upper body strength and trunk control to navigate/use a manual wheelchair.
These adventures offer our guests opportunities to recreate at NORA’s 75-acre mountain top accessible facility. NORA is working in cooperation with Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital, GRIT Freedom Chair and the Disability Opportunity Fund to bring you innovative and exciting programs for you to enjoy and be challenged. For more information, or to sign up for SOAR activities, visit their website here.
National Ability Center - Park City, Utah
The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence, and life skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs.
Spartan - Boston, Massachusetts
As the official all-terrain wheelchair of the Para-Spartan Elite, GRIT is committed to helping adaptive athletes conquer Spartan Races. Both GRIT and Spartan are fueled by the rigor, determination, and no-excuse drive of riders and competitors. Just like members of the GRIT rider community, no Spartan ever goes it alone. GRIT and Spartan are working together to make these races possible for athletes of all ability levels, one lever stroke at a time. Read on to learn more and get involved!
Waypoint Adventure - Lexington, Massachusetts
“Waypoint wouldn’t exist without the support of creative designers and engineers who make our programs accessible and turn the outdoors into a tool for transformative life-learning. GRIT has come out on Waypoint programs with Freedom Chairs to lend out and we are incredibly thankful for their support and advice. Since then, we’ve bought a few chairs and use them all the time!”
Wheel the World - Berkeley, California
The GRIT Freedom Chair is available for travelers who sign up for tours through Wheel the World. Check out these pictures from the Freedom Chair’s recent visit to Mexico!
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North County - Franconia, New Hampshire
The mission of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country is to enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities through year-round sport, recreation, and wellness.
Adaptive Training Foundation - Carrollton, Texas
Working to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted athletics.
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) - Berkeley, California
BORP’s mission is to improve the health, independence, and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness, and recreation programs.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) - Tallahassee, Florida
FAAST has been and continues to be a Floridian resource for free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) - Tallahassee, FL
FDOA works to enrich lives through accessible, inclusive recreation. Since its inception in 1990, the FDOA has promoted accessible recreation to persons with disabilities as well as the general public through its hands-on recreation programs, newsletters, and community outreach and education.
Lone Star Paralysis Foundation - Austin, Texas
Founded in 1979 by current president, Doug English, Lone Star’s mission is to cure spinal cord paralysis (SCP) through funding research, recovery, and recreation.
Move Along, Inc. - Baldwinsville, New York
Move Along, Inc. provides and promotes inclusive, adaptive sport and recreation opportunities for allies and people with disabilities.
Outdoors for All - Seattle, Washington
The Outdoors for All Foundation transforms lives through outdoor recreation. Founded in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities.
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) - Juneau, Alaska
SAIL empowers elders and people with disabilities by providing services and information to support them in making choices that will positively affect your independence and productivity in society. SAIL serves all elders and people with physical and mental disabilities regardless of race, ancestry, color, religion age, marital status, sexual preference, gender and or income.
Wilderness Inquiry - Minneapolis, Minnesota
The best way to try out Wilderness Inquiry's GRIT Freedom Chair would be to sign up for one of their kayaking adventures at Little Sand Bay, HERE. If cost is an issue, financial aid is often available. You can also call 612-676-9400 to have one of the trip directors help you sign up
Crotched Mountain - Greenfield, Massachusetts
Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports (CMARS) has two Freedom Chairs for use on the accessible trails on the Crotched Mountain Campus. They have two seat widths; both are fitted with push handles to assist with steeper terrain on the more than three miles of beautiful trails. CMARS holds a number of group hikes during the spring and fall seasons on the mountain and the surrounding Monadnock Region. Contact CMARS for more info including schedules and equipment availability.
DCR - Amherst, Massachusetts
The DCR has a fleet of Freedom Chairs in a variety of sizes and with a variety of accessories. These include some official GRIT accessories such as Trail Handles and some the DCR has created on their own. Please contact them directly if you require special accommodations. DCR contracts out their hiking activities to several nonprofits. Call for more info about when they'll include the Freedom Chair in their activities.
The Freedom Chair is an outstanding design for many people with disabilities…the durability and affordability of this model is highly advantageous. Other chairs that we have tested—such as those with power features—would require a separate program and not integrate as well for us. We have seen program participants and a local community purchase their own Freedom Chairs after being exposed to it in our programs. We have no complaints!
—Marcy, DCR Universal Access Program Coordinator
Drumlin Farms Wildlife Sanctuary - Lincoln, Massachusetts
”At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Watch the pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard; see how crops are sustainably grown; walk the trails explore field, forest, and wetland habitat; and observe resident owls, hawks, a fisher, and a fox in the native wildlife exhibit…Mass Audubon strives to create a welcoming presence for a wide range of visitors, including making our sanctuaries and nature centers more accessible for all to enjoy.”
North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA) - Orange, Massachusetts
The NQTA is a “group of active people who love the North Quabbin area and enjoy outdoor events. We want to make the most of the local natural resources while treading carefully on the land, using the water wisely, and making stewardship central to our activities. With our many partners throughout New England, we are engaging in trail development and maintenance, education, recreation, and communication about the natural beauty that is the North Quabbin.”
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary - Natick, Massachusetts
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary has nine miles of walking trails that guide you through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. It is the perfect terrain for the GRIT Freedom Chair.
City of Sacramento - Sacramento, California
Griffin Bike Park - Terre Haute, Indiana
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
“We preserve and interpret the natural, cultural, and geological history of Manuels River through the development of educational, recreational, and conservation opportunities. We own and operate the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre and also maintain the Manuels River trail system. Manuels River is an internationally known site for fossilized trilobites and they can be found in the shale beds along the lower section of the river. A variety of specimens are on display in the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.”
Memorial University of Newfoundland - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary - Boylston, Massachusetts
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network - Boston, Massachusetts
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is a leader in rehabilitative medicine offering world-class care, promoting medical education, and advancing research.
Shepherd Center - Atlanta, Georgia
As one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, the Shepherd Center specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation.
Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) - Midlothian, Virginia
OEW is a veteran-founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation's wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation.
Oscar Mike - Rockford, Illinois
Oscar Mike is a registered 501(c)(3) public nonprofit formed for the purpose of supporting their mission of keeping veterans on the move.
Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA) - Salem, Oregon
OPVA serves the needs of its members, US military veterans with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D), and helps them enjoy the highest-possible quality of life.
Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST) - Gloucester, Maine
The goal of the VAST program is to promote lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through regular participation in a VAST array of physical activities and sports. Any and all veterans are encouraged to volunteer and enjoy some outdoor activities and a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans.