A healthy, self-directed independent life means taking time to enjoy recreational activities, too. Ability Montana has several opportunities available for Montanans with Disabilities to recreate in the ways they want. Third-party grants are available for Americans with Disabilities to take part in the activities they desire, whether it is mono-skiing down the side of a mountain or quietly taking in a book at home.
Ability Montana has partnered with organizations in our region to provide fishing opportunities for our consumers. Boats and landings are accessible and meant for everyone to have fun.
Throughout the winter, Ability Montana runs an Adaptive Ice Skating program with hockey fun for people of all ages and abilities. Key equipment, including sleds and protective pads, are available to participants. Times and dates change throughout the season, so call us or go to http://helenaicearena.com/schedules/ for the most up-to-date information.
In partnership with the Lewis and Clark County Library, Ability Montana is happy to present a special interest reading group for readers in our area. Reading selections are chosen from disabled authors so we can all grow together in disability through shared experiences. Books are available from the Lewis and Clark Library, with accessible copies also available at the Bozeman Public Library and Silver Bow County Library. The Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5pm via Zoom. Visit lclibrary.org for the link!
An online chess club has been started for Montanans with Disabilities. In-person events are in the works. Visit https://www.chess.com/club/milp-chess-club to join us for a joint game or to practice a few puzzles.
While the Chess Club is an online platform with no association to the US Chess Federation or the US Blind Chess Association, both organizations have had programs available for aging Americans and Americans with Disabilities. The game of chess can be as accessible as we want it to be. Tactile, high contrast, and visualized chess sets are available for purchase from a variety of online vendors.
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