For visitors to Cape Cod, the summer is chock full of opportunities to enjoy water recreation. But for those with disabilities, those opportunities are more limited. To expand and equalize possibilities for summer fun, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network teamed up with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to offer adaptive kayaking at Nickerson State Park.

The program is one of several, similar adaptive sports programs offered at the park’s McGraw Center for Adaptive Sports. A first-of-its-kind collaboration between Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s Adaptive Sports Centers and DCR, the Center offers innovative adaptive equipment to make activities like cycling, hiking, and camping more accessible. With the availability of adaptive kayaking, the program now unlocks the beauty and enjoyment of water sports for those with mobility challenges.

“This is truly about inclusion,” says Mary Pastone, Director of Adaptive Sports. “You come to Cape Cod, and it’s such a beautiful place—but it’s not the most accessible place. This is a perfect solution so everyone in the family can come and play.”

Open to the general public, the McGraw Center is open three days a week to help individuals find the right adaptation for their needs, offering that sense of summer freedom to all visitors.

The program was recently featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle”.

Topics: Community Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion

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