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This page includes links and resources to cultural, social, recreation and arts activities in Maine and beyond.


Access Art — This art site is interesting because the Dayton Art Institute developed it to make their collection accessibly to everyone online! Each piece of art has an "image alternative" that includes a description and image enlargement capability. Check it out.
http://tours.daytonartinstitute.org/accessart/

 

Adapting Fishing and Hunting for Persons with Disabilities - Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife office explains adaptable hunting and fishing.
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/disabledpersons.htm

 

Angels Dancing with Horses - A non-profit therapeutic riding program.
www.angelsdancingwithhorses.org

 

Camp Waban - This summer program offers summer day camp or residential camp for children or adults with disabilities. It is located in Sanford, ME.
http://www.waban.org

 

Center for Therapeutic Recreation - This organization offers aquatics, horseback riding, Rent-a-Recreator, adult social recreation, and leisure assessments for people with disabilities.
Voice: (207) 772-0504

 

Challenger Baseball League - Greater Portland baseball league for boys and girls with disabilities.
Voice: (207) 775-4364

 

Creative Work Systems - Creative Work Systems provides services to people with disabilities in York, Cumberland, Adroscoggin, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Franklin and Oxford counties. They provide evening art programs and community access programs.
http://www.creativeworksystems.com

 

Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse - This site explains the importance of having accessible playgrounds for children, universal accessibility, and the therapeutic importance of play.
http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/portal/alias__Rainbow/lang__en-US/tabID__3444/DesktopDefault.aspx

 

The Enabled RVer - This site offers information to people who enjoy the sport of RVing and traveling the country. Discusses tips to purchasing an accessible RV, among other things.
http://maxpages.com/enabledrver

 

Equest - This program located in Lyman, ME provides therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with disabilities.
http://www.equestmaine.org

 

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts -This Maine-based site provides an alternative for children after school where they can develop their individual interests in the arts.
http://www.fiddleheadcenter.org

 

Flying Changes - This is a center for therapeutic horseback riding located in Topsham, ME for children and adults with disabilities to experience horseback riding.
http://www.flyingchanges.org

 

Guidelines for Safe, Accessible Playgrounds - This site has great recommendations on how to build a completely accessible playground for children with all types of disabilities.
http://life.familyeducation.com/safety/toy-safety/36204.html

 

Hearts and Horses - This program located in Buxton, ME provides therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with varying disabilities in both their indoor and outdoor rings.
http://www.heartsnhorses.org

 

Howard Sports - Located in Saco and Topsham, Howard Sports offers a variety of indoor sports opportunities, plus a video arcade and concession stand. They are handicapped accessible.
http://www.smsportszone.com/

 

Ice Sports for Persons with Disabilities - This program is called Rink Link and it's sponsored by Alpha One in Maine. It promotes ice sports for people of all age and abilities.
http://www.alpha-one.org/index.php?page=recreation

 

Inside Out Playground - This Waterville based program has an indoor playground that is 100% accessible for children ages 0-8.
http://www.insideoutplayground.org

 

Kent Stables - Therapeutic horseback riding located in Gorham, ME.
Voice: (207) 839-6428

Ladawn Quarter Horses - Therapeutic horseback riding located in Biddeford, ME.
Voice: (207) 499-7938

Maine Accessible Adventures - This Maine-based site offers locations of accessible rock climbing, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, and camping among other sports.
Voice: (207) 875-2711

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - This Maine state site explains how to receive a fishing and/or hunting permit for an individual with permanent physical disabilities.
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/disabledpersons.htm

 

Maine Handicapped Skiing - They offer free adaptive outdoor recreation programs to individuals with physical disabilities who are ages six and over. Winter programs include adaptive down hill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding and take place in January through March at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sugarloaf/USA and Pineland Farms. Summer sports include canoeing, kayaking, adaptive cycling and golf and are offered throughout Maine in June through September.
http://www.skimhs.org

 

Maine's Recreation Page - This is the State of Maine's site for accessible recreation. Click on the pull-down menu to select information about an activity.
http://www.maine.gov/portal/visiting/accessrec/index.html

 

Meyer Design - This site is a national organization that designs and constructs accessible playgrounds.
http://www.meyerdesign.com/

 

National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped - The NTWH offers classes and workshops in Belfast, ME. They also have a studio in New York.
http://www.ntwh.org/

 

Natural Motion Martial Arts - This group is based in Scarborough and provides adaptive karate services for individuals with disabilities all over the state of Maine. Sensei Shawn Withers is a young man who had a stroke at the age of 18 and has now begun this venture.
http://www.naturalmotionmartialarts.com

 

Nature Trek - A recreational group based in Naples, ME that provides four season accessible outdoor adventures for adults with disabilities.
(207) 693-6886

 

Northeast Passage - A New Hampshire based organization that provides recreational activities to individuals with disabilities. They have a wide variety of resources related to recreation, independent living, and assistive technology.
http://www.nepassage.org

 

One Step Further - This program is based in New Hampshire and offers recreational therapy services to children with varying disabilities.
http://www.onestepfurtherrecreationtherapy.com

 

Pine Tree Camp - This is a program of the Pine Tree Society that is an extraordinary summer camp for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. There is a new off-season program that provides affordable recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and their families and friends.
http://www.pinetreesociety.org

 

Port Resources - This organization offers recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities for all ages in Southern Maine.
http:
//www.portresources.org

 

Portland Connections Calendar - This is a listing of available, low-cost recreation opportunities in the Greater Portland area. Similar sites are being developed for other parts of the state. Check back!
http://www.amistadinc.org/portconnect/

 

Project ACTION Accessible Traveler’s Database - Choose the state and city on this listing to plan your visit and view all transportation services available there. Includes travel agencies specializing in travel arrangements for persons with disabilities. This database is on the Easter Seals site which keeps changing! If the link doesn't work, go to http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer and look for "Project Action".
http://projectaction.easterseals.com/cgi-bin/traveler_search.cgi

 

Fountain graphicRecreation Assistive Technology Exchange (RATE) - This is the University of Southern Maine's College of Nursing and Health Professions' site.
http://www.usm.maine.edu/conhp/rate%20web%20page/Database.htm

 

Riverview Foundation - This Maine organization offers non-competitive martial arts as well as wilderness education to people of all abilities.
http://www.riverviewfoundation.com

 

Scuba Diving- This program is called Open Waters and it's sponsored by Alpha One in Maine. It promotes scuba diving for people with disabilities.
http://www.alpha-one.org/index.php?page=recreation

 

Spiral Arts - An organization that incorporates the arts into the lives of all individuals.
http://www.spiralarts.org/

 

Stepping Back Into Life - Written by a Maine resident with two above-the-knee amputations, this website is dedicated to supporting people who are physically disabled. This website has been established to inspire and educate anyone who faces being physically challenged.
http://www.loignon.org

 

Teen Adventure - This is an adventure-based counseling program for adolescents 12-19 living in Maine.
http://www.teenadventure.com

 

VSA arts of Maine - VSA arts of Maine is a non-profit organization that provides educational arts opportunities by, with and for people with disabilities and at risk.
http://www.vsartsmaine.org/

 

WheelChair Net - This site has information about accessible travel, links to travel resources, articles on accessible travel, cruises, accessible vacation rentals, campers and RV and van rentals.
http://www.wheelchairnet.org/WCN_Living/travel.html

 

The World Playground, Parks & Recreation Products And Services Web Directory - This site offers a variety of companies who provide accessible playground equipment. They are listed both by manufacturer, and by type of equipment you are looking to purchase.
http://www.playgrounddirectory.com/accessible.htm

 

Yoga for the Special Child - This site gives information about teaching Yoga to infants and children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder.
http://www.specialyoga.com/

 

Zero Gravity Diving Center - This organization is based in Maine and offers the fundamentals of scuba diving for individuals with disabilities as well as an adaptive equipment retail store.
Voice: (207) 773-DIVE (3483)

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