Hilltown Families


With the last stretch of summer upon us and fall around the corner, there are still tons of outdoor activities to take part in! Both summer and fall are great seasons for walking and hiking on trails and mountains. Did you know that the Pioneer Valley is home to a number of trails which are designed for persons with disabilities?

The first of its kind locally, the Sprout Film Festival features films about people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Scheduled for Sunday, February 28th, the event brings attention to meaningful human experiences and cultivates a local culture of understanding and inclusiveness.

No matter what age we are, humans spend lots of our time making observations and learning from them. We learn about each other in this way, too – but sometimes observation isn’t the best tool for learning about other humans. Drawing from information offered in a wealth of varied resources, families can read, listen, and watch to explore the experiences of people with many different cognitive and physical disabilities – introducing children to the idea that all humans experience the world differently.

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