Perspective from a PYD Participant and Summer Intern

Tyler Terrasi, PYD's new super intern!

We are pleased to introduce our newest intern here at PYD: Tyler Terrasi, one of our long-time program participants who will be doing social media and marketing work with us over this summer. Welcome Tyler!

The fact that nearly a decade has passed since I first became aware of PYD and its services continues to blow my mind. In the fall of 2004, I considered myself to be a typical fourteen-year-old; nonetheless, I lacked many valuable skills that are crucial in order to achieve success in college and the workforce. On top of a greater social life, I—or more accurately, my mother—was in search of recreational opportunities and skills training that would increase my confidence and ultimately shape my future. After undertaking a great deal of thorough research, my mother stumbled upon the resources of Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

It was on a Wednesday morning in early October that I was first introduced to Deep Chinappa, the coordinator for PYD’s Making Healthy Connections and Access to Theatre programs. Though extremely apprehensive, I was talked in to attending my first Making Healthy Connections meeting later that month. Thus began a decade filled with a plethora of physical activities and social opportunities — experiences which have enabled me to grow as an individual and have aided in the pursuit of my personal goals.
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Youth and Family Disability Resources: June 2014

This month’s resources include several activities to enjoy everything that a summer in Boston has to offer, without spending all your savings. With so many free opportunities to visit parks, museums, and cultural venues, your summer will be jam-packed with activities that are healthy, educational, and FUN! Also, don’t forget to check out the great Father’s Day resource!

Summer Yoga at the Frog Pond

Looking to stay in shape during the summer without breaking the bank? The Frog Pond in the Boston Commons is starting their fourth season of FREE Summer Yoga. Every Thursday, starting on June 5th, the Frog Pond welcomes “yogis” of all levels to release stress and expand energy with a talented group of instructors. Each class is held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel.

Family Ties of Massachusetts

Family Ties of Massachusetts is a statewide parent-to-parent network that provides information and emotional support to families and professionals supporting children with special needs. From a directory of resources to support groups and workshops, Family Ties has a variety of tools for families in the PYD community to feel supported. Check out all their programs on the Mass Family Ties website.

DCR Park Passport

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has launched the Park Passport Program to help kids and families visit the State Parks and facilities. Families can download and print the Park Passport and then collect 76 different stamps from parks all around the state. Once a child has visited all the parks in one region, then he/she can receive a cool t-shirt to show off their accomplishment! Grab your passport and start the adventure today!

Free Fun Fridays

It’s that time of year again! Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, 66 museums and cultural venues are open for free every Friday during the summer. From the Franklin Park Zoo to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum to the Ecotarium, this program allows for families all over Massachusetts to enjoy a variety of fun activities without breaking the bank all summer long! To see which venues are participating each Friday from June 27th to August 29th, click here.

Father’s Family Fun Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what’s better way to celebrate than with music, friends, family, and fun outdoor activities? You and your family can enjoy music, free prizes, face painting and more at Harambee Park (Franklin Field) in Dorchester on Saturday, June 14 from 12pm-4pm. This event is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for dads around the world!