Staying Active and Staying Warm for the Winter Months

Posted by Reeve Staff in Life After Paralysis on February 10, 2022 # Lifestyle, Community Education

A woman using a wheelchair and getting on a busWith winter here to stay, you may find yourself wanting to hibernate for the rest of the season, but there are still plenty of ways to stay active! Through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundations Quality of Life Grants program, we have granted over $36 million dollars to non-profits and organizations across the country that are dedicated to increasing their facilities universal accessibility and providing accessible activities for their community members throughout the year.

If you are looking to stay active this winter, Stride Adaptive Sports in New York is a great way to get out of the house and learn a new sport or pick up where you left off last season. Stride Adaptive Sports is able to offer training with an anti-gravity treadmill as well as organized activities like sled hockey teams, skiing, snowboarding and lots of other activities to be enjoyed year-round. It’s never too late to join a team, so check out Stride Adaptive Sports today!

If you still want to stay active and engaged but aren’t much for competitive sports, that’s okay! The American Dance Wheels Foundation in Pennsylvania will have you moving to the beat with their wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance classes. With virtual and live in-person classes, anyone can start to learn at their own pace. And teaching integrated classes for those with and without disabilities, the American Dance Wheels Foundation welcomes all individuals seeking some new rhythm!

For our members on the west coast looking for activities in the winter months, check out the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program in Northern California. With adaptive sports and recreational activities, BORP looks to facilitate an active and inclusive community in the Bay Area. With an adaptive cycling center, wheelchair basketball, a youth sports program and so much more, BORP is helping to get their supporters back and active in their community.

For those looking to stay warm and learn something new this winter season, the Stonington Free Library in Connecticut has made modifications to their facility to be more accessible to those with paralysis and mobility impairments. Even if you like to stay warm by the fire, you can do so with a new book or hobby you picked up at the library. With a virtual collection of their books and in-person events to help stimulate your creativity throughout the Winter months, Stonington Free Library is a great place to engage with your community, learn new things, and meet new people.

Don’t see your state or area mentioned here, don’t worry! You can also access our Resource Map, which can provide you with a list of facilities near you that not only list adaptive activities in your area, but healthcare facilities, ILC’s, and other services for individuals with paralysis. All you need to do is enter your ZIP code and scroll! We also have a wide-ranging network of peer mentors within our Peer & Family Support Program. Through our Peer & Family Support program, you can reach out for more practical guidance about which local services to utilize, ways to stay engaged with your community, and more personal insight from their experiences with winter activities in their areas. Don’t forget to check out the Reeve Foundation website for more resources, information and services that can help you get out and get active!

To learn more about the free programs and services that the National Paralysis Resource Center offers, please contact [email protected].

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.