Maine Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Maine Statewide Independent Living Council was charged by law (1995) to support resources and opportunities for Maine People with Disabilities. The specific law and the responsibilities of that law are found here: The Maine statute that established MORE into law can be viewed here.
Maine Department’s who have an interest in Maine Outdoor are:
- Department of Labor – Commissioner Jeanne Paquette
- Department of Health and Human Service – Commissioner Mary Mayhew
- Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Commissioner Walter Whitcomb
- Department of Transportation – Commissioner David Bernhardt
- Department of Marine Resources – Commissioner Patrick Keliher
- Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife – Commissioner Chandler Woodcock
- Department of Community and Economic Development – George Gervais
Below please find various known resources concerning outdoor recreation in Maine for people with disabilities. Maine SILC does not manage these web links and so while we do look for accuracy periodically, realize they may change or be outdated at times. If you notice an issue or have a link/resource to add, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Parks Accessibility – Maine Parks and Lands: Access Guide for the Disabled Welcome to Maine’s Accessible Outdoors! – PDF! Maine is a place everyone can enjoy. … better access for everyone.
- Access Maine – This page includes links and resources to cultural, social, recreation and arts activities in Maine and beyond.
- Recreation-in-Maine – Opportunities for enhanced fishing and hunting in Maine for people with disabilities
- Maine Adaptive Sports
- Maine Adaptive Outdoor Education Center
- NENSA – New England Nordic Ski Association
- Center for Therapeutic Recreation
- Buckmasters American Deer Foundation Disabled – Although Buckmasters is not a Maine based organization, it can provide disabled Mainers, who want to hunt, with a tremendous amount of information about adapted archery and firearms equipment as well as information about hunting blinds, hunting organizations, hunting laws for the disabled, and all-terrain vehicles that can help persons with disabilities gain access to remote outdoor areas.
- Guide to Accessibility in Maine State Parks – This online guide provides access information about parking, beaches, picnic areas, camping sites, trails, toilet facilities, phones and more. Currently two parks Crescent Beach State Park and Popham State Park are listed as providing “Beach Wheelchairs” that have wide wheels so that they can be easily moved over sand.
- Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Maine Adaptive is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities, ages four and up. Over 400 volunteers assist our athletes in appreciating the joys and challenges of sports participation. Contact MASR by clicking above link or by writing MASR at 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261 (800)639-7770.
- Northeast Passage This site provides a variety of outdoor recreation instruction modules and participation opportunities in activities such as ocean kayaking, adapted water skiing, sailing, hiking and more. A schedule of programs can be found on the site by clicking above link. The New Hampshire based activity programs are available to Maine residents. Selected programs are also occasionally offered in the Southern Maine area. Check out this organization’s adapted equipment rentals when you visit the web site. Additional contact info: P.O Box 127, Durham, NH 03824 (603)862-0070. nepassage.org
- Open Waters The “Open Waters” site promotes inclusive scuba diving for persons with disabilities. Contact Paul Rollins at the following address for information about workshops and persons qualified to provide scuba instruction in Maine. Contact info: Alpha One, 127 Maine St., South Portland, ME 04106 (800)640-7200, (207)767-2189, TTY (207)767-5387 or click above link. alphaonenow.org
- Pine Tree Society – The Pine Tree Society offers accessible recreation programs throughout the year as well as summer camp experiences for children and adults who have disabilities. Activities include fishing, snowmobiling, boating, camping, nature activities, crafts and more! Visit “The Kid’s Project” adaptive equipment program to view and order affordable adaptive toys and therapy equipment. pinetreesociety.org
- Accessible Recreation in Maine
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