Bridgewell proudly works with Special Olympics Massachusetts, Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong and other organizations to enhance the lives of people in our care by focusing on advocacy, human rights as well as health and wellness.
Bridgewell has had hundreds of athletes participate in Special Olympics Massachusetts for over 40 years. Team Bridgewell athletes have played in a variety of events including track and field, basketball, swimming and softball and as many as 75 athletes have competed in a given season.
Athletes must maintain optimal health, which includes year round healthy diet and exercise as well as physician’s approval. During the sport season, athletes are required to attend multiple practice sessions per week and play in a regional qualifying event for their specific sport/event in order to move on to the State Games. To afford the costs of practice space, athletic equipment, registration fees and competition housing, Bridgewell athletes, employees, family members and friends engage in year round fundraising.
Every sporting team has a team of coaches to guide them. Bridgewell employees, family and friends volunteer countless hours of time to coach, train, educate and cheer on the athletes. Coaches are required to undergo a national CORI and comprehensive training in protective behaviors, concussion awareness, SOMA orientation, sport specific training and unified sports training. Coaches help athletes discover their physical skills, self-worth, courage and capacity to grow.
Bridgewell’s three Human Rights Committees were established to promote, safeguard and protect the human dignity and legal rights of persons served by reviewing, monitoring, and investigating the activities of Bridgewell programs. The Human Rights Committee acts as an:
For more information or become involved with Bridgewell’s Human Rights Committees, contact Kelli Hyland, Bridgewell’s Assistant Director of Quality Assurance at 339-883-2125.
Out on the Town is a monthly meet-up series for adults with autism. The meet-ups are hosted through the Bridgewell Family Support Center, and are held at various locations across the North Shore. In the spirit of social inclusion, the majority of our meet-ups take place at restaurants, businesses, and venues in the community, during regular hours or at special events that are open to the public.
Activities planned for past meet-ups have included: getting together to play board games and enjoy snacks at The Castle in Beverly, attending a shadow cast performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Larcom Theatre, and crafting together during open lab hours at the Peabody Institute Library’s Creativity Lab.
Out on the Town is intended for people, aged 17 and up, although some events may be 18+ or 21+ due to venue restrictions. We do our best to make sure that our meet-ups are accessible by public transportation, and anyone who can readily access events on the North Shore of MA is welcome to attend.
All meet-ups are community-based and the Family Support Center cannot provide 1:1 support or direct care staff. People who do require support to navigate the community, and who can supply their own aide or support person.
If you have any questions, if you would like to be added to the Out on the Town mailing list, or if you have any ideas or input about future meet-ups, you reach Caro at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 339-883-1760.