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Inclusive Fitness and Adaptive Design Programs at Upstate

Inclusive Fitness and Adaptive Design Programs

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Collaborative partners in local initiatives that focus on ability and wellness for children with disabilities


  • Nienke P Dosa, MD, MPH
  • Maddy Locastro, BS
  • Christine Pelis, PT, DPT, CBIS
  • Peyton Sefick, BA

AT Village makes it easier for families and care teams to work together to get kids with disabilities the Assistive Technology (AT) they need in order to do the things they like to do! The AT village web resource was launched in 2021 by the Golisano Center for Special Needs at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York in collaboration with the TRAID loan closet program at Access-CNY.

Our mission is to help the kids and families we serve to get Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and other Assistive Technologies (AT).

Our vision is to make the AT process a positive experience and to build community.

Fitness Inclusion Network (Fit-IN) promotes adapted sports and inclusive recreation in Central New York. Fit-IN was launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and SUNY Cortland Department of Adapted Physical Education. We are an interdisciplinary group of athletes, students, families, and professionals in adapted physical education, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, engineering, therapeutic recreation, special education, social work, and disability policy and law.

Fit-In on Facebook | Fit-In on Instagram

Our Mission

To develop innovative ways to promote and support inclusive fitness for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities in Central New York.

What We Do

Annual Fit-IN Conference

Year Name Highlights
2022 Fit-IN10 Fit-In 10 Building Mobility in Syracuse & Beyond!
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY
October 12-15, 2022
Fit-In 10 Program
2021 Fit-IN9

Fit-In 9 Blind Sport EXPO
CNY Family Sports Center, Baldwinsville NY
October 26, 2021
Fit-In 9 Program

2020 Fit-IN8

Facebook Live Family Fun Series: DIY Sensory Movement Projects
Facebook Live with David’s Refuge and Arise Adaptive Design
October 2020-June 2021

2019 Fit-IN7

Inclusive Recreation on the Erie Canal
Old Erie Canal Heritage Park, Port Byron NY
November 1, 2019

2018 Fit-IN6

BREKY Scavenger Hunt to Promote Inclusive Outdoor Winter Recreation
Sunnycrest Park, Syracuse NY
February 15-21, 2018

2017 Fit-IN5

Sensational Inspiration Movement Seminar!
SUNY Cortland Department of Adapted Physical Education
October 6, 2017

2016 Fit-IN4

Collective Access: Walks & Talks Along Onondaga Creek
Aloft Hotel, Inner Harbor, Syracuse NY
October 2016- April 18, 2017

2015 Fit-IN3

Collaborative Design for Recreation, Dance, Sport
Design Warehouse, Syracuse University
October 9-11, 2015

2014 Fit-IN2

Activating Communities: Grassroots Inclusive Fitness in CNY
WCNY Studios, Syracuse
October 10, 2014

2013 Fit-IN1

New Paradigms for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Fitness
Weiskotten Hall, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
October 13, 2012


Virtual Mile Challenge

Building Mobility in Syracuse and Beyond

Partner Offerings
Access-CNY TRAID on the Trails, AT Village
Arise Arise Adaptive Design
David's Refuge Facebook Life Family Fun Series
Jowonio Preschool Ballet for All
LaCasita Center

Building Local-Global Spina Bifida Communities with Adaptive Design

Unified Drumming

Syracuse Parks

Annual Adaptive Winter Sports Day at Sunnycrest Park

Accessible Geocaching

Virtual Park Tours
SW Community Ctr Unified Yoga in the Parks, Inclusive Field Games
Syracuse University

Burton Blatt Institute

Lerner School for Public Health Promotion (Monday Mile)

School of Visual and Performing Arts (Collaborative Design)

SUNY ESF Landscape Design
SUNY Cortland

Department of Adapted Physical Education

Inclusive Recreation Resource Center/Recreation and Leisure Studies

Sensory Integration Motor Sensory Lab (SIMS Lab)

SUNY Brockport Camp Abilities
YMCA (Fayetteville) Unified Drumming