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5 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities for People with Disabilities

Summer is the best time of the year to be outside. The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and the weather is usually cooperative, making it easy to have a ton of fun outdoors. You may want to enjoy as many activities as possible, but what if you need to tighten your budget? The great news is there are many free or low-cost activities that you and your caregiver can appreciate together while summer is still here. The team at Acumen Fiscal Agent recommends adding these five affordable activities to your summer schedule to make the most of this hot-weather season.

Budget-Friendly Summer Activities for People with Disabilities

1. Play Lawn Games

Lawn games can be a blast, especially if two or more of you are playing together. They are also budget-friendly as you only have to buy them once but can play them repeatedly. Consider popular lawn game options like Jenga, Connect Four, or Corn Hole.

2. Explore the Outdoors

Going for a walk or riding in a wheelchair outdoors is as simple as it gets when it comes to enjoying budget-friendly summer activities. It doesn’t require much planning and is completely free. Getting outdoors in the sunshine, surrounded by nature, is a healthy mental and physical activity. Make a list of some local places you like to visit and new trails or parks you haven’t experienced yet.

3. Work in the Garden

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, working in a garden is the perfect summer activity for you. Gardening takes place all summer long and requires regular attention. It’s even more delightful if you enjoy being outside every day. There are many tasks that a gardening rookie can do, like planting seeds, pulling weeds, or watering flowers or vegetables. Watching something you planted grow from a tiny seed into a budding plant is especially rewarding.

4. Stop for Ice Cream

At Acumen Fiscal Agent, we don’t think it’s officially summer until you’ve stopped at the local ice cream parlor for a delicious cone. Plan to get ice cream once a week with friends, family, or your caregiver. You can mix it up from week to week by visiting a different ice cream shop each time you venture out for sweet treats.

5. Go Fishing

While fishing does take some planning, when the day finally arrives, you’ll be more than happy you took the necessary time to plan appropriately. You’ll need basic equipment, like fishing poles, fishing lines, hooks, and bait or lures. Check with your local DNR office to determine what permit or license you need. After that, there’s nothing left to do but check out your favorite local body of water and start catching fish.

Personalized Self-Direction Services

We hope this post has inspired you to make the most of your summer. Acumen Fiscal Agent serves veterans, aging adults, and individuals with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Contact us at (877) 211-3738 for more information. Our fiscal management services are offered nationwide as we assist self-directed participants with our fiscal intermediary services.

Source: Flamm, Paige. “10 Summer Activities for Adults with Disabilities.” Blog article. 12 Jul. 2022. Web. 30 Jun. 2023.