Adaptive Recreation Partnerships
GRIT Freedom Chair customers aren't just individuals. Many adaptive sports organizations, recreational facilities, and businesses have taken it upon themselves to obtain a Freedom Chair for use by visitors and participants. Here we feature those who have joined our Adaptive Recreation Partnership Program. Not only would we like to show you their Freedom Chair adventures, we want to show you how to contact them if you are interested in test-riding the GRIT Freedom Chair for yourself.
|Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary||Natick||Massachusetts||Broadmoor’s nine miles of walking trails guide you through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats.|
|Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports||Greenfield||New Hampshire||Crotched Mountain Foundation is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support.|
|DCR Universal Access Program||Amherst||Massachusetts||Adaptive Recreation opportunities and programs for state park visitors with disabilities in Massachusetts.|
|Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary||Lincoln||Massachusetts||Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is a working farm and wildlife sanctuary all in one!|
|Lone Star Paralysis Foundation||Austin||Texas||Seeking to cure Spinal Cord Paralysis through funding research, recovery and recreation.|
|Move Along Inc.||Baldwinsville||New York||Establishing resources for youth and adults to compete in athletics.|
|North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA)||Orange||Massachusetts||We want to make the most of the local natural resources while making stewardship central to our activities.|
|Operation Enduring Warrior||Midlothian||Virginia||Creating Awareness, offering Honor, and providing Support for our Nation's Wounded Veterans|
|Oscar Mike Foundation||Poplar Grove||Illinois||Doing obstacle races to inspire everyone, raise funds and awareness for the Oscar Mike Foundation.|
|Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)||Juneau||Alaska||Empowering people with disabilities by providing services that will positively affect independence and productivity in society.|
|Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary||Boylston||Massachusetts||Protecting and caring for 45 acres of wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands|
|Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST)||New Gloucester||Maine||Promoting lifelong health and well-being of veterans with disabilities through participation in an array of physical activities.|
|Waypoint Adventure||Lexington||Massachusetts||Striving to ensure that people with disbailites have full access to the transformational power of outdoor adventure programming.|
|Wheel the World||Berkeley||California||Enabling people with disabilities to explore the world|
|Wilderness Inquiry||Minneapolis||Minnesota||Providing inclusive, outdoor experiences for anyone who wants adventure|Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
"An expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, Broadmoor is an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting, turtles basking, otters leaving tracks in the mud or snow, and more than 150 species of birds. Easy-to-moderate well-groomed trails lead you through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, and marshland."
Crotched Mountain Adaptive Recreation and Sports
Greenfield, New Hampshire
"Crotched Mountain Foundation is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and their families, embracing personal choice and development, and building communities of mutual support."
USING CROTCHED MOUNTAIN’S FREEDOM CHAIRS
Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports (CMARS) have two Freedom Chairs for use on the accessible trails on the Crotched Mountain Campus. There are 2 sizes and both are fitted with push handles to assist with steeper terrain on the more than 3 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.
603-831-3565 (Kristin - Program Coordinator)
603-547-3311 ext. 2102 (Jeff - CMARS Asst. Director)
DCR Universal Access Program
"The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program offers adaptive recreation programs to support people with disabilities in outdoor recreation activities. Come with your family/caregivers to explore the outdoors in a supportive setting or recreate on your own in numerous accessible locations!"
USING DCR'S FREEDOM CHAIRS
The DCR has a fleet of Freedom Chairs in a variety of sizes, and including a variety of accessories. These include some official GRIT accessories such as Trail Handles, and some the DCR has created on their own based on the needs of their participants. Please contact them directly if you special accommodations. DCR Contracts out their hiking activities to several non profits. Call for more info about when they'll include the Freedom Chair in activities.
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
"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."
Lone Star Paralysis Foundation
"The Mission of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation is to cure spinal cord paralysis through funding research, advanced recovery, and community outreach."
Move Along Inc.
Baldwinsville, New York
"Move Along focuses on the mission of enhancing the abilities of individuals with medically documented limitations. We strive to provide the necessary resources through athletics to enable our youth and adults to excel as persons in society."
North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA)
"The purpose of the North Quabbin Trails Association, Inc. is to sustain and work towards outdoor trail development, maintenance and improvements, including but not limited to the restoration and maintenance of trails on land and water, proper education and safety in areas of trail maintenance and construction, and to create stewardship with other outdoor organizations, groups and individuals to further this goal."
USING NQTA'S FREEDOM CHAIR
NQTA's GRIT Freedom Chair is available for community sign-out! Visit their website HERE to sign it out for your next outdoor adventure.
Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW)
"Operation Enduring Warrior is a 100% volunteer organization composed of current and former members of the military, family members, and patriotic citizens who wish to give back to our nation’s wounded veterans."
Oscar Mike Foundation
Poplar Grove, Illinois
"The Oscar Mike Foundation wants to see all injured Veterans utilize their full potential and live rewarding and productive lives . . . By focusing on the arena of adaptive sports, the Oscar Mike Foundation assists in offering an outlet for an ongoing competitive lifestyle to the thousands of American Veterans who have given
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)
"SAIL empowers elders and people with disabilities by providing services and information to support you 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."
USING SAIL'S GRIT FREEDOM CHAIR
SAIL has a GRIT Freedom Chair available for community rental among. Check it out HERE, and give SAIL a call if your interested in renting it out for your own adventures.
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
"This forty-five acres of natural land is home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small. It is our mission to protect and care for wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands . . . Summer Star is open to the public free of charge. Please enjoy the beauty of nature, and in return kindly pay respect to all wildlife who have been keeping this land safe and peaceful for generations! Our goal is to bring new experiences and discoveries of the wonders of local wildlife and the joyful spirit of nurturing forestland to underprivileged children, senior citizens, and to all families in the community."
Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST)
New Gloucester, Maine
"The goal of our 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."
"The mission of Waypoint Adventure is to challenge youth and adults with disabilities to discover their purpose, talents and strengths through the transforming power of adventure."
Wheel the World
"IMPULSE touristic activities for people with disabilities. Create AWARENESS of people with disabilities as active persons that search to live fully. INSPIRE with overcoming, fellowship and love stories."
"Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, we inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. Our adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities."
USING WILDERNESS INQUIRY'S GRIT FREEDOM CHAIR
The best to try out Wilderness Inquiry's GRIT Freedom Chair would be to sign up for one of their kayaking adventures at Little Sand Bay which they can do HERE. If cost is an issue, financial aid is often available. You can also call 612-676-9400 to speak with one of the trip directors and sign up that way.