Summer is the season for taking advantage of the great outdoors and to get moving after a long winter. Whether you enjoy water sports, taking in the sights and sounds of a nature hike, or even like to spend the weekend camping, there are many fun summer activities that individuals of all abilities can enjoy. Put on your sunscreen, grab a water bottle, a pair of sunglasses, and try some of these quintessential summer activities:
Gardening and Grilling
Nothing says “summer” like getting a little dirty or gathering with friends in the backyard for some food and fun. Traditionally, gardening can be labor intensive, but there are so many ways to garden that one does not need to get down on his or her knees or use heavy garden tools to be a successful gardener. Gardening is activity that can be done as a group or as a solo project, all one needs is soil, seeds, water, and a sunny spot. Container gardening is an easy way to garden for individuals with disabilities who have limited space or have limited mobility. For example, if someone is bound to a wheelchair, he or she can tend to a container gardening if pots (or other containers) are at level within reach. Another great way to garden is by joining or helping out at a community garden. Not only can you reap the benefits of fresh food, but meet other individuals of all abilities in your community.
Another summer activity that is suitable for individuals of all abilities is a backyard grilling party. Who doesn’t love to gather around a campfire or grill, share delicious foods with good friends, and even enjoy a few backyard games?
Cooling off in water during a warm afternoon is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. While some individuals like to take the plunge at the waterpark or pool, there are several other water activities that all abilities can enjoy. If you enjoy boating and swimming, check with your local community education and recreation department to see if they offer adaptive water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Want to hit the pool? Check to see if your local pool has an accessible pool.
Attending a summer camp seems to be a rite of passage for many individuals. These days, there’s a summer camp for almost every interest and ability. Summer camps can be an invaluable experience for young and old, alike, and can be beneficial in many ways including: meeting others with similar interests, enjoying a nice getaway from everyday life, learn new skills, discover certain talents, gain self-confidence, and enjoy some independence.
If attending a summer camp isn’t your thing, camping in a campground can be a fun way to get away for a night or two. Many campgrounds have accessible camping cabins if pitching a tent isn’t an option and during the day, you can enjoy a nice nature hike on accessible trails or partake in other activities in the area.