Adaptive ice skating programs

Learn about adaptive ice skating programs offered November through March.

The Universal Access Program offers adaptive skating programs each winter. You can lace up a pair of conventional skates or glide around the ice in your manual or power wheelchair. Ice sleds are also available to use. In a sled, you can push yourself with small hockey sticks or be pushed around the rink by a friend. Spin, slide, race, slalom, and play gently competitive games. Activities on the ice include obstacle courses, a tower of blocks for building up and crashing down, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, power chair games, and gently competitive hockey matches.

Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers, and ice skates are available at our programs. Admission and equipment are provided free of cost, but you have to pre-register with the organization listed below. Skaters must fill out a release form and meet our essential eligibility criteria for ice skating programs.

Our next skating season will begin in November 2019. If you'd like to sign up be notified of upcoming skating dates, please email us.

A large group of young adult skaters is on the ice in front of a hockey net. Some skaters are using skate walkers, some skaters are using ice sleds, and one skater is using a walker with a harness.
You can enjoy the ice in many ways at an adaptive skating program!

Seasonal sled hockey

Play sled hockey September through March with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) at DCR's Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett and DCR's Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink in Charlestown. Practices include skills training and games while ensuring age appropriate instruction and play.

To learn about the 2019–2020 season, visit the SASC online calendar, call (877) 976-7272, or email

A sled hockey player wearing a mask and padding leans over to shoot a puck.
Photo by Karen Anderson.