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Welcome to BIAC’s directory of Connecticut-based community resources, state and national organizations, and publications with important information related to brain injury education, prevention, and recovery. If you need further assistance, please give our helpline a call at 860-219-0291 to connect with a Brain Injury Specialist, or email general@biact.org.

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    Whispering Brook Farm & Art Studio

    Art for Persons with TBI. Providing a creative outlet through art therapy for kids, teens and adults with traumatic brain injuries. Opportunities for combination with Farm Animal Therapy. Tolland – 860-794-5650

    Whispering Brook Farm & Art Studio

    Camp Harkness

    Located in Waterford on the shores of Long Island Sound. It is one of the few state parks in the country dedicated for exclusive use by citizens with disabilities, accompanied by their families and friends. Facilities include cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals and horseback riding, picnic pavilions & grills, an accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary. Any Connecticut resident with a disability may obtain a free Camp Harkness Pass.

    For pass, information call Sarah Abelli at 203-2945018 or Sarah.Abelli@ct.gov.

    For miscellaneous questions, call 860-424-3200.

    Camp Harkness

    State Parks and Accessibility

    The majority of state parks provide accessible restroom facilities. Additionally, many of the bathhouse facilities at state campgrounds have an individual, unisex bath addition on the buildings. The unisex bathroom enables a child or an adult to get assistance from any parent or partner. Campgrounds with this amenity include:

    • American Legion State Forest, Pleasant Valley
    • Black Rock State Park, Thomaston
    • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
    • Housatonic Meadows State Park, Cornwall Bridge
    • Kettletown State Park, Southbury
    • Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
    • Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

    Phone: 860-424-3200 (for questions)

    State Parks and Accessibility

    Accessible Swimming/Beach Chairs

    Five parks – Hammonasset Beach, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island, Silver Sands, and Squantz Pond – have beach wheelchairs available for visitors. The chairs are free of charge and are on a ‘first come/first served’ basis.

    Phone: 860-424-3200 (for questions)

    Accessible Swimming/Beach Chairs

    Accessible Camping

    Hammonasset Beach has six campsites designated for use by individuals with disabilities. The sites are near restroom facilities, have electrical outlets, and can be reserved. To make reservations call Reserve America toll-free at 1-877-668-CAMP (2267) during the following hours:

    May 1 – September 1
    Monday – Wednesday: 8 am – 2:30 pm
    Thursday – Friday: 8 am – 6:30 pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 12 pm.
    Off Peak Season
    Monday – Friday: 9 am – 12 pm
    Accessible Camping

    Accessible Trails

    The Saugatuck Universal Access Trail in Redding is wheelchair accessible. Visitors will be rewarded with views of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the trail’s overlook platform.

    Accessible Trails

    The Connecticut Angler’s Guide

    List of additional accessible fishing sites.

    Phone: 860-424-FISH (3474)

    The Connecticut Angler's Guide

    Accessible Fishing-Saltwater Fishing 

    • American Legion State Forest, Pleasant Valley
    • Black Rock State Park, Thomaston
    • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
    • Housatonic Meadows State Park, Cornwall Bridge
    • Kettletown State Park, Southbury
    • Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
    • Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic

    Phone: 860-424-3200 (for questions)

    Accessible Fishing-Saltwater Fishing 

    Accessible Fishing Platforms-Freshwater Fishing

    • Bigelow Pond and Mashapaug Lake Boat Launch – Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union
    • Day Pond State Park, Colchester
    • Devils Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
    • Pataconk Lake – Pataconk Recreation Area, Cockaponset State Forest, Haddam
    • Schreeder Pond – Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth
    • Squantz Pond State Park near the boat launch, New Fairfield
    • Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury

    Phone: 860-424-3200 (for questions)

    Accessible Fishing Platforms-Freshwater Fishing

    Hospital for Special Care

    Community Health and Fitness Services include Spokesbender’s Wheelchair basketball, Cruisers Track and Field, Wave Swim Team, and Chargers Wheelchair Soccer Team. 

    Phone: 1-860-223-2761 (Hartford)

    Hospital for Special Care

    The American Art Therapy Association

    The American Art Therapy Association provides a listing of qualified art therapists in CT. Art therapy uses art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork as a therapeutic and healing process.

    Phone: 703.998.2020

    The American Art Therapy Association

    The American Music Therapy Association

    An established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals

    Phone: 301.589.3300

    The American Music Therapy Association

    Leap Of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers

    LOF Adaptive Skiers is a place where children, adults, and wounded veterans come to adaptive sports experiences such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, snow skiing, snowboarding. Lake Zoar in Sandy Hook 203-426-0666

    Leap Of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers

    SAIL Connecticut Access Program

    Volunteer recreational group provides adapted sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. Westbrook 860-304-6588

    SAIL Connecticut Access Program

    Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center

    Named after the U.S. Code, Title 42, Chapter 126; giving people with disabilities equal opportunities, is an adaptive recreational sports and fitness center, open to youth, adults, veterans, and seniors with physical disabilities.

    Phone:(860) 243-2869 (Hartford)

    Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center

    Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital(Wallingford)

    CT Jammers Quad Rugby Team, Tennis Team, Alpine Ski Club, Handcycling Club, Discovery Nights, Road Race, Gaylord Golf Hospital Open.

    Phone: Wallingford 203-284-2772

    Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital

    Achilles International Connecticut Chapter

    The mission of Achilles International is to enable people with all types of physical and developmental disabilities and medical conditions to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement and lower barriers to living an active and fulfilling life. Athletes are paired with a guide to develop individualized training plans, tailored specifically to each athlete’s unique physical capabilities and personal goals. The guide-athlete relationship is important for training and support on race day, and out of this relationship. trust and friendships are built as well. Statewide 203-361-6176

    Achilles International Connecticut Chapter

    Manes and Motion Therapeautic Riding Center – HSC

    Providing therapeutic riding, year round, through a heated indoor riding arena and two outdoor arenas. Middletown 860-685-0008.

    Manes and Motion Therapeautic Riding Center - HSC