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Accessible Recreation: Some Offerings in Connecticut and Massachusetts

For those living or traveling to these New England states, a number of accessible sites offer opportunities accessible to individuals with vision impairments as well as other disabilities.

In Connecticut: From natural settings to cultural sites, Connecticut offers many “sensory-friendly” events and venues. At the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, for example, visitors can experience tactile displays and listening devices. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum’s system for visitors who are visually impaired includes an audio guide, interpretation and hands-on exploration. The Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, offers guests audio description, touch tours and Braille and large print programs. At Ski Sundown in New Hartford adaptive ski lessons are available for skiers who are visually impaired.  Read more about these and other accessible sites on the Visit Connecticut – Office of Connecticut website:
Accessible Connecticut — Welcoming to All Abilities

In Massachusetts: Accessible opportunities at museums, for sports and other tourism and recreational activities events can be found through DisabilityInfo.org: Accessible Massachusetts. Listings and links for many beaches, parks, hiking trails and fishing are a few of the recreational resources included on this site. Cultural venues can be found as well, including, for example, the Perkins Museum, where you can take a “multi-sensory journey through the history of deafblind education over the past 200 years,” or the Salem Maritime National History Site, which offers audio tours. Learn more about these and other sites of interest through https://www.visitma.com/travel-info/accessible-travel/.