If able, asking how they are feeling and discussing any anxieties or stresses they are feeling can go a long way.
“It is also important for people with disabilities to get out of the house if they can, get fresh air, be as active as physically possible, utilize technology to stay connected with friends & loved ones, and above all, do these things as safely as possible,” Goettemoeller said.
Here are recommendations from Goettemoeller for 10 of the best places and activities for families to check out:
The park is a universally accessible recreation area in Beavercreek that includes an accessible tree house. Owen’s Place also hosts baseball and kickball for adults and youth with mental and physical disabilities, Goettemoeller said. For more information, contact Gussie Jones at email@example.com or Trish Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information: owensplace.org
☀️The Miracle League of Greater Dayton
MLGD is a baseball program in Springboro for children and adults with disabilities. Games are held on the “Miracle Field,” which, according to its website, “is an all-weather field free of obstacles so players with wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or mobility issues can play unencumbered.”
More information: miracleleaguedayton.org
☀️Young’s Jersey Dairy
Young’s is a favorite among those served by the Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Goettemoeller said. Young’s is flat and has several paved paths. One of its mini-golf courses is completely wheelchair-accessible, which is rare. There is no charge for parking or admission.
More information: youngsdairy.com
☀️Five Rivers Metroparks
Five Rivers has several regional paved trails that are accessible, including Creekside Trail, Great-Little Trail, Great Miami River Trail, Iron Horse Trail, Mad River Trail, Stillwater River Trail and Wolf Creek Trail.
More information: www.metroparks.org
☀️Decoy Art Center
The Decoy Art Center has always been a local go-to, Goettemoeller said. “We have partnered with them to offer classes such as drawing, painting, clay, etc. They are wonderful people and they all go above and beyond for their customers. They just moved from a brick-and-mortar building to being a mobile art center. They now offer classes in park settings. All the information about this is on their website.”
More information: www.decoy-art.com/
☀️Air Force Museum
Many adult day programs utilize the Air Force Museum because of its accessibility and the options available for people with physical, vision, or hearing impairments.
More information: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
☀️Beaver Vu Bowl
The bowling alley in Beavercreek is completely accessible. They are also the location for Greater Dayton Special Olympics bowling.
More information: www.daytonbowling.com
☀️Regal Cinemas Fairfield Commons
Movie theaters in general are accessible and have seating reserved for those who use wheelchairs. However, Regal Cinemas Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek allows attendees who require paid personal-care attendants or providers to be accompanied by them at no additional cost, Goettemoeller said. The manager will need to see proof of services being provided, such as ISP, in order to approve the no-charge admission, she said.
Magic Castle on Wilmington Pike has accessible options for fun activities indoors and outdoors, including arcade games, miniature golf, batting cages, and other options.
More information: themagic-castle.com
The Vandalia entertainment center is accessible and fun, and it also hosts a Special Needs Day two times a year, on the first Thursday in May and in October, during which people with disabilities can experience Scene 75 free of charge, Goettemoeller said. Each person with disabilities gets a $10 arcade game card, one free spin-zone ride, and free nine holes of black-light mini-golf. Siblings can also participate for a discounted price.
More information: www.scene75.com