Disabled Not Unable: Fall Fun
Having a disabling condition like Huntington’s disease means there are good days and bad days. It can be hard to predict what kind of day it will be when you wake up in the morning. And some days it is easy to get caught up in the “I can’t” instead of the “I can”.
One of the many wonderful things about fall is there are so many accessible activities for families and friends, from getting outside to cozying up at home under a fuzzy blanket. Really, you just have to decide what you like best!
Apple picking is a versatile activity. You can get out in the orchard and pick apples for yourself or you can grab the pre-picked apples. If apple picking is physically too difficult, then go to enjoy the tasty treats. Most apple orchards also offer cider, fresh apple cider, donuts, and other tasty treats. You can find the best place to go apple picking in every state here.
A corn maze can be a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Most have paths that are wide and flat enough for a wheelchair to travel through safely. Specialty corn mazes usually have three different options: easy, medium, and hard. You choose which path is the best for you based on effort and time to complete the maze. You can see some of the best corn mazes in America here. Don’t forget to look up the corn mazes in your state!
Pumpkin patches also offer a variety of activities, not just picking pumpkins. You can experience the joy of traipsing into the field to carefully select your pumpkin, or you can take a hayride, play games, take a photo, or get some snacks. You can find the best pumpkin patches in every state here.
Paint or carve pumpkins
Once you have chosen your very own pumpkin, it can be fun to paint or carve your pumpkin. Carving a pumpkin can be a lot of work so it is just as fun to paint a fun design, use stickers, or even put hats or decorative floral picks on your pumpkin.
Make a fall treat
Enjoy a fall beverage
Grabbing coffee with some of your favorite people always makes for a good fall activity. It is something that can be a short visit or a leisurely afternoon. Go ahead and treat yourself to the pumpkin spice latte, chai tea, or hot chocolate.
Watch a fall movie
Last on the list is watching a fall movie or tv show, whatever works for your attention span. You can cozy up on the couch or turn your living room into a giant bed, get blankets, and grab snacks. Some of my personal favorites are Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus.
The point of this list is to highlight all of the different things you can do for fun, whether they take a few hours or a few minutes. It is a reminder to go find your joy and do the activities that make you happy.
If you have questions, you can always Ask Allison!