One of the most important things we can do to improve our mood, health and well-being is to stay active within our community. Whether it’s once a month or a few times a week, finding a club or activity that you love is the perfect way to connect with others. Accessible activities are additionally powerful as they double as support groups for those with disabilities living in similar situations.
Wheelchair Accessible Sports
A great place to start your search is at the local community gym. Many offer accessible swimming classes that can kick start your journey to healthier living. If you think you can handle a little more of a workout, hit the weights with a partner or find a wheelchair basketball league where those with disabilities as well able-bodied individuals can get together on for some good, old-fashioned intramural sports.
If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, there are even more options available to try out. Try participating in adaptive skiing, kayaking, cycling, horseback riding, and hockey activities, which are readily available to join across the country. Why not find a fan group for a local sports team and make weekly outings to their home games? Sports stadiums are built with accessibility in mind with ramps and accessible seating as essential parts of the layout.
Disabled Sports USA is a great resource to help you get involved with teams, clubs, or gyms. Visit their website, www.disabledsportsusa.org, to learn more about accessible sports, adaptive equipment, and local clubs.
Accessible Gatherings in the Community
Next on the list is joining a game night. As long as you stay responsible with your gambling, bingo nights, poker nights, and even the occasional trip to the casino can provide a much needed rush of adrenaline.
If adrenaline-seeking is not up your alley, there is no need to worry. An amazing way to have fun and make a difference is to give back to the community. Local shelters and after school programs are more than happy to bring aboard new volunteers. Services like these can help you find yourself among others.
Art is another way you can enjoy time with others. The mediums to choose from are endless and there’s sure to be a group for your favorite. Or, instead of an art class, you could try out a computer class and stay up to date on the latest technology or refine your keyboard skills. If you’re more of a history buff, research local landmarks and museums to see if they host accessible tours so that you can brush up on your town’s past.
Last but not least are the staples of the club world. Lunch clubs, book clubs, and movie clubs are all perfect ways to get together for a laugh or a great meal.
As you can see, the options for accessible gatherings are unlimited. If you don’t enjoy something you try, then try something new. And if you really can’t find anything you love, start something! People out there might be waiting for someone like you to clear the path. So, get out there and connect!
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.