Social & Recreational

Hospital for Special Care:  New Britain - 860-832-6220

Community Health and Fitness Services including Spokesbender’s Wheelchair basketball, Cruisers Track and Field, Wave Swim Team, Chargers Wheelchair Soccer Team. 

Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center-HSC:  Middletown.  860-685-0008.

Providing therapeutic riding, year round, through a heated indoor riding arena and two outdoor arenas.

Achilles International Connecticut Chapter:  Statewide - 203-361-6176

The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of physical and developmental disabilities and medical conditions to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement and lower barriers to living an active and fulfilling life.  Athletes are paired with a guide to develop individualized training plans, tailored specifically to each athlete’s unique physical capabilities and personal goals. The guide-athlete relationship is important for training and support on race day, and out of this relationship. trust and friendships are built as well.

Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital: Wallingford - 203-284-2772. 
CT Jammers Quad Rugby Team, Tennis Team, Alpine Ski Club, Handcycling Club, Discovery Nights, Road Race, Gaylord Golf Hospital Open. 

Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital: Hartford - 860-714-2421.  
Golfers in Motion, CT Adaptive Rowing Program.  

Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center:  Bristol -  860-769-7047
Named after the U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 126; giving people with disabilities equal opportunities, is an adaptive recreational sports and fitness center, open to youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical disabilities.

SAIL Connecticut Access Program: Westbrook - 860-304-6588. Volunteer recreational group provides adapted sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Leap Of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers: Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook - 203-426-0666.  LOF Adaptive Skiers is a place where children, adults, and wounded veterans come to adaptive sports experiences such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, snow skiing, snow boarding. 

Music Therapy:  The American Music Therapy Association. 
An established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.  

Art Therapy:  The American Art Therapy Association provides a listing of qualified art therapists in CT.   Art therapy uses art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork as a therapeutic and healing process.

Whispering Brook Farm & Art Studio, Art for Persons with TBI: Tolland – 860-794-5650. 
Providing a creative outlet through art therapy for kids, teens and adults with traumatic brain injuries. Opportunities for combination with Farm Animal Therapy.  

Accessible Fishing Platforms-Freshwater Fishing

  • Bigelow Pond and Mashapaug Lake Boat Launch -  Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
  • Connecticut River - Haddam Meadows State Park, Haddam
  • Day Pond State Park, Colchester
  • Devils Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
  • Pataconk Lake - Pataconk Recreation Area, Cockaponset State Forest, Haddam
  • Schreeder Pond - Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
  • Squantz Pond State Park near the boat launch, New Fairfield
  • Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury

Accessible Fishing-Saltwater Fishing 

  • Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

The Connecticut Angler's Guide lists additional accessible fishing sites.

Accessible Trails:  The Saugatuck Universal Access Trail in Redding is wheelchair accessible.  Visitors will be rewarded with views of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the trail's overlook platform.

Accessible Camping:  Hammonasset Beach has six campsites that are designated for use by individuals with disabilities.  The sites are in close proximity to restroom facilities, have electrical outlets and can be reserved.  
To make reservations call Reserve America toll free 1-877-668-CAMP (2267). 

Accessible Swimming/Beach Chairs: Five parks - Hammonasset Beach, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island, Silver Sands and Squantz Pond - have beach wheelchairs available for visitors. The chairs are free of charge and are on a ‘first come/first served’ basis.

State Parks and Accessibility:
The majority of state parks provide accessible restroom facilities. Additionally, many of the bathhouse facilities at state campgrounds have an individual, unisex bath addition on the buildings.  The unisex bathroom enables a child or an adult to get assistance from any parent or partner.  Campgrounds with this amenity include:

  • American Legion State Forest, Pleasant Valley
  • Black Rock State Park, Thomaston
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park, Cornwall Bridge
  • Kettletown State Park, Southbury
  • Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
  • Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

Camp Harkness is located in Waterford on the shores of Long Island Sound.  It is one of the few state parks in the country dedicated for exclusive use by citizens with disabilities, accompanied by their family and friends.  Facilities include cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals and horseback riding, picnic pavilions & grills, accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary.  Any Connecticut resident with a disability may obtain a free Camp Harkness Pass. For pass information call Sarah Abelli at 203-2945018 or 

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Keep in mind...What does the person want to do – even if they have never done it before?
Knitting, wood working, yoga, reading, bird watching, etc.
People with disabilities do NOT always have to participate in disability specific activities. People with disabilities are people first.  Everyone has their own preferences. Explore.