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Rec Connect - Program Information

Welcome to Rec Connect!


Rec Connect is brought to you through a Tri-Town partnership between the Northborough, Southborough and Shrewsbury Recreation Departments. Our goal is to offer engaging recreation and social opportunities to our community members with diverse abilities. 

This adaptive program structure is designed for participants with disabilities and their families and friends to come together and build meaningful relationships while enjoying recreational opportunities, leisure activities, events and community outings. All Rec Connect programs are staff supported to ensure a structured and welcoming environment.

Rec Connect programs will be offered seasonally, and on an ongoing basis. Check back often for newly added options! 

Program categories may include:
Family Nights - These events are designed for the whole family! This is a great opportunity to network with other Rec Connect families while enjoying an activity.
Adaptive Programs - Seasonal activities like gym games, tennis, board game clubs, art or cooking might be offered. Age guidance will apply. 
Travelers - Community outings for those ages 16+ will be held in small groups on various days of the week and at varying times. Participants will register for individual events based on their interests and schedule.
Special Events/Socials - These events are a place where people of all abilities can celebrate together and will include dances, holiday parties, themed events and more - like Sneaker Prom. 

Guidelines and Expectations for Participation:
Note: Guidelines for participation outlined here are set to ensure the safety of participants and staff members. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of the program for your family member, please contact the Shrewsbury Recreation Department and speak with Carly or Laurel.

Rec Connect participants are able to follow familiar two-step directions; require minimal assistance with activities of daily living including toileting and eating; have the ability to stay with the group and understand/follow safety guidelines; manage their own behavior with minimal to moderate staff intervention and are able to make simple choices. Participants must also have the desire to participate in sessions.

All participants are required to have an up to date participant support questionnaire completed and on file before drop off for the program is allowed. Providing information upfront allows the Recreation Departments to plan proactively for each participant’s successful transition to community programs. 

If a participant requires additional support for complex behavioral or medical purposes, their family is welcome to provide a caregiver or therapist to accompany them as a volunteer, after completion of a CORI background check with the Recreation Department. For certain events, attending caregivers may be required to register and cover the cost of a ticket or meal.
The Recreation Department(s) are not able to provide 1:1 support staff at this time.

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