Summer promises to be a time filled with adventure.  Most children are let loose (in a supervised way of course) to run, play and have fun. But what about our children who use a wheelchair? Is there still adventure to be had when your chair is essentially your legs? What about the reality that so many summer attractions simply don’t accommodate for wheelchairs? After all, most community programs are geared towards sports for able bodied children. So what kind of activities can we find for our kids who need their wheelchair?

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While our summers as a special needs family look completely different than any other family, we still have fun!  With the help of our modified van we are able to bring Ladybug anywhere we want to go. Well, assuming the destination is practical for a wheelchair (beaches can be extremely difficult for us).

Ladybug might not participate in summer rec, play volleyball, or participate in water fights. However, there is still fun to be had for our special needs kids!

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Summer Activities

  1. Public Pool – The sand at beaches can be difficult to get a wheelchair through.  Take advantage of a sand free public pool.
  2. Trip to the Zoo
  3. Nature walks – Some state and national parks offer paved trails as well as community bike trails.
  4. Library Events
  5. Park – Again, finding one without sand or pea rocks can be tricky. Luckily, more and more parks are popping up with wheelchair friendly ground covering.
  6. Visit the aquarium
  7. Gardening – You’ll need a raised garden box designed for wheelchairs like this one.
  8. Bike rides – If your child has the ability to push pedals an adaptive bike might be good for you.  If pushing pedals isn’t an option, a Weehoo bike trailer is a great alternative!
  9. Outdoor concerts
  10. Go out for ice cream!

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What summer activities do you have planned?

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