Event Update: Promoting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities on April 1 Cancelled

Spring Social Issue Talk Series
April 01, 2020
12:00 pm
The Boston Foundation
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We regret to inform you that the Social Issue Talk, Promoting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities, scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 will not take place as planned. Our event host, The Boston Foundation, has made the decision to cancel all events with outside organizations through April 15. We hope to work with our keynote speaker to reschedule and will be in touch once we have more information. 

The SIF Team 

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Promoting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities." Lunch will be provided. 


Mary Dubon, MD, Attending Physician, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Attending Physician, Sports Medicine Division, Boston Children’s Hospital
Mary Dubon, MD completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatric Sports Medicine fellowships and, therefore, practices two unique subspecialties. Outside of medicine, she has extensive experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities. A dancer since childhood, she completed a dance minor and has seen dance from the lenses of a student, performer, teacher, choreographer, director, and now, doctor. Her dance experience has driven her passion for caring for youth athletes and performing artists. Her experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities has driven her passion to care for the medical and rehabilitation needs of youth with disabilities. She also has a special interest in caring for youth Para/adaptive athletes.

In Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, her goal is to optimize the time her patients spend enjoying activities outside of clinic. She addresses medical concerns, but also discusses functional, recreational, and vocational goals, and strategies to help achieve them.

In Pediatric Sports Medicine, she not only examines the cause of the injury, but also looks for risk factors, such as muscle imbalances. Dr. Dubon targets therapy not only towards the injury, but also the pre-disposing factors. This can help athletes become even stronger than their pre-injury selves while recovering.

2020 Social Innovator
Adaptive Sports New England
Founded in 2013, Adaptive Sports New England provides sport opportunities for youth who have a visual or mobility impairment while also promoting the inclusion of these youth in school and community sports. Through increased participation, Adaptive Sports New England seeks to enhance the physical, psychological, and social well-being of youth with a disability who have traditionally not been invited to play sports. Adaptive Sports New England collaborates on these efforts with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, YMCAs, Community Rowing, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and a variety of other community partners.
Track Partner
Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation


This Spring, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will continue our annual Social Issue Talk Series. We will hold eight free educational events across the city where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts in our social impact community and our 2020 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.