Summer Resources for Children with Special Needs

Summer Resources for Children with Special Needs

Summer is just around the corner and you’re probably looking forward to getting outside with your family. Kids are all about the summer activities: summer camp, swimming, hiking, sailing, you name it!

If your child is physically or intellectually disabled you’ll still certainly feel just as much need to get outside, but you may be worrying that there aren’t as many programs available that will cater to your child’s needs.

Look no further! There is an entire world of outdoor events and programs designed for special needs kids and, believe it or not, Massachusetts is home to many of them!

Every year the Physical Therapy department at the Franciscan Hospital for Children compiles a comprehensive guide to organizations and programs providing physical activity opportunities for children with special needs in Massachusetts and New England. All you need to do is check out their guide, find an activity suitable for your kid, and sign up!

Here is the Franciscan Hospital for Children: Physical Activity and Recreational Guide.

And if your child is visually impaired you may also want to join MAPVI, The Massachusetts Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired. They organize all sorts of fun family events too. Our favorites are the assisted sailing event and the Fishing Derby.

Have a fun and adventurous summer!

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Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy.

One Comment on “Summer Resources for Children with Special Needs

  1. We’re glad that our Resource Guide is being made available to your readers! For those who might be interested, we’re also offering a Summer Camp in August for children who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) devices. For more information, check out our website at

    If we can be of service to your family, don’t hesitate to call us at 617-254-3800.

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