Promoting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities

A Social Issue Talk
November 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Open to the public

Join the Social Innovation Forum on November 18, 2020, from 3:00-4:00 pm EDT for the virtual Social Issue Talk "Promoting Physical Activity for Youth with Disabilities." 


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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 predisposing 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 sports 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 


Our Social Issue Talk Series is BACK, and this time around, we are convening virtually on Zoom! This event is intended for funders and community leaders who are interested in learning from leading experts in our social impact community and select Innovators from our 2020 Social Innovator cohort about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.

Learn about the entire series here