CHD Disability Resources focuses on empowering individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

CHD Disability Resources offers adaptive sports and recreational activities to improve and empower the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. A variety of adaptive sports provide barrier-free recreational and competitive opportunities for people of all skill levels and age groups, as well as their family and friends. The athletic programs run year-round and include wheelchair basketball, soccer, hockey, cycling, golf, swimming and more . Equipment is available to borrow for a nominal fee, such as: handcycles, sport wheelchairs, bi-ski, mono-skis, and bowling equipment. Social outings include movies, dinners, or concerts.

A membership fee of $35 per year is requested to help offset program and equipment costs. Members receive reduced rates on activities, special events and equipment loans, as well as a subscription to the monthly newsletter.

Your gifts to this program will allow us to keep membership costs low and still continue to offer a full calendar of sports and recreation for our members. Here is just one example of how your gift will help:

Martin V., who uses a wheelchair, feels like he is back in the mainstream now that he can use a special bicycle that he can peddle with his hands. “The thing people don’t think about is that when you have a disability you are excluded.”

Two hand cycles, which are three-wheeled bicycles with low seats and raised peddles for the hands were recently donated by the Agawam Lions Club for Disability Resources to lend out to local people like Martin who have disabilities that prevent them from peddling with their legs.

Martin frequently pedals one of these adaptive bicycles along the section of the Norwottuck Rail Trail that goes through Hadley. “It’s great,” he said. “People get a kick out of sharing the bike path. People are always excited to see something different.”

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