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Staying Active in Columbus #PALSMove

According to the American Heart Association, adults should incorporate at least thirty minutes of activity into their day, five days per week. This recommendation can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities to follow, but not an impossibility. Physical and intellectual differences are not a barrier to all physical activity! There are many different accessible ways to be active.

We strive to be active every day at PALS, and luckily, we live in a very lively and diverse city. Columbus is the perfect place to be active! Walking, yoga, and exploring are just three of our favorite ways to be active.


Exploring our city by walking is the perfect way to stay active without much effort. Columbus has many parks with paved trails for individuals who utilize wheelchairs to explore as well! Strawberry Farms Park, the Scioto Mile, and Schiller Park are just a few of our favorite places to play.


According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga increases your flexibility, muscle strength, and tone; all while reducing stress levels. It can function as a great way for individuals with disabilities to practice calming their minds and bodies. While the practice of yoga is traditionally quiet and focused, this dedicated atmosphere is not always required. Yoga can be a lot of fun when you allow yourself to laugh and play while working on that tree pose!

Images via Art Outside the Lines on Instagram

Our favorite place to practice yoga is with our friends! Art Outside the Lines hosts Yoga Friday every Friday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. Their classes are taught by a licensed instructor and an individual with a disability! Lots of laughter floats out of the gallery during class and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


We’re experts at finding ways to learn, have fun, and stay active all at once. Here’s the secret to our success: explore! Our daily community outings give our participants unique experiences each and every day. Some days we learn more, and some we are a little more active, but we’re always having fun around Columbus!

Bowling is by far our favorite pastime. Participants love the good food and friendly competition!

We also love to find some pretty unique places to explore. In the past we’ve visited the Honda Heritage Center and the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame.

We love to be active in our community. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see where we go next!


Sliding into Home in the Community

Happy Monday, pals. We had a very sports themed week last week! Here’s a look at our adventures:

Monday: Basketball and Sand Volleyball! Participants worked on their basketball skills at Academy Park in the morning and then played sand volleyball in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Slip and Slide Baseball! We slipped and slid into our home runs at Alum Creek Park. A great activity for the warm weather!

Wednesday: Bowling! Not to brag, but we bowled quite a few strikes this week. Practice definitely makes perfect!

Thursday: Medieval Faire & Competition! We traveled back in time and created our own kingdom at Woodside Green park.

Friday: A rainy day for everyone. We took advantage of the many indoor activities we have to stay dry.

Below are some pictures from last week. We’re looking forward to another fantastic week out in the community!

The Best Day of the Year

After a long Memorial Day weekend, we were excited to be back out in the community with our participants! Here’s a look into the fun we had last week:

Tuesday: Pool Noodle Baseball! Participants had a ton of fun playing this silly version of the all-American pastime.

Wednesday:Strike!” “Oh no, a gutter ball!” Our weekly bowling trips are our most highly attended community outings. We definitely love a little friendly competition!

Thursday: A beautiful day calls for an afternoon in the park! Participants went fishing on Thursday afternoon at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

Friday: The best day of the year! Friday was our yearly company-wide trip to King’s Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio. We started our day with a picnic lunch, and then split off into our groups for an afternoon of rides, games, and of course, blue ice cream!

Below are a few pictures from our week. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow PALS Art Studio on Instagram for more pictures and updates!

Open House

Last week we held a two-day-long open house at our new location for our participants, their families, teams, and providers. Despite the rainy weather, the event was a success!

Our executive team gave tours of our new space with sneak peeks into the new purpose of each section of the building. They met families both new and familiar, and answered questions about our move and collaboration.

PALS participants were, along with an expected bit of anxiety, thrilled with the new space. They loved the kitchen, outdoor green space, and new group room. Tours gave participants a look into their new opportunities and they were excited to talk about the things they’d like to do in their new space.

The open house also gave PALS staff members a chance to tour their new space. We began our move in by bringing artwork from PALS Art Studio to hang in the entryway and lobby areas. Staff chatted about the artwork and the time they spent with participants as the pieces were created while walking around. The executive team gave them tours as well. This time spent together as a team created a sense of anticipation and excitement to begin our new chapter as a company.

Below are some pictures from the event. Watch our blog for updates as we continue to transition into our next chapter!



Our New PALS


We are excited to announce a few upcoming changes happening at PALS Chrysalis Health!

Due to our unwavering commitment to provide the most personalized and progressive supports to individuals in our community, we have become a resource to another local provider who was in need of the PALS approach. Respite Connections, Inc., based out of Columbus, is joining PALS Chrysalis Health, enabling us to offer additional supports to our participants. This exciting collaboration with Respite Connections, Inc., and all support services provided will be managed by and be a part of PALS Chrysalis Health.

Please welcome our new member of the executive team coming from Respite Connections, Inc., our Director of Residential Supports, Christe Snyder! Christe brings many years of experience and expertise in the residential field to PALS Chrysalis Health.

The second upcoming change is that PALS Gahanna is moving on Monday, June 5, 2017! We have been tirelessly looking for the perfect location and building for quite some time to help us: grow with our program, offer additional supports, and become a larger contributor to our community. We finally found it!

New Location: 5250 Strawberry Farms Blvd.

We are still right here in Columbus and the new location just 5 minutes from our current location. This location will allow us to continue to provide unique opportunities to the individuals we support. It will also give us the space needed to safely provide individually tailored programs for individuals who could benefit from specialized supports.

Our third, and final, upcoming change is that we have new program hours company-wide, beginning Monday, June 5, 2017. Our new programming hours will take place in all three of our locations: PALS Columbus, PALS Heath, and Art Outside the Lines.

New Program Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This change comes to us after a thorough analysis of our daily routine and transportation processes. We believe the change will: promote active engagement, support a more enjoyable experience, contribute to increased community involvement, and increase transportation efficiency. PALS will continue providing day services and transportation to 222 W. Johnstown Road in Gahanna until Friday, June 2. Starting Monday, June 5, we will be at our new home with our new “PALS” at 5250 Strawberry Farms Blvd. You will be notified of any transportation changes prior to starting at the new location.

These exciting upcoming changes to PALS were made to provide the best services to the individuals we support. We welcome your feedback, questions, comments and concerns regarding these changes and the transition to make this as smooth and successful as possible. Please feel free to reach out to anyone on our executive team with questions:

  • Aaron Bracone (
  • Christe Snyder (
  • Michael Pierro (

Best regards,

PALS Chrysalis Health

PALS College Class Spring Semester


The PALS Columbus State program will resume classes for the Spring semester on January 16th, 2017! With the assistance of the Disability Services Department and the Sport & Exercise Studies Department at Columbus State University, we have worked together to build another amazing semester for individuals who want to attain a higher education.

The program consists of a variety of entry-level college classes to help ease participants into the program. The program begins with class COLS-1101, Introduction to College: College Success Skills, required for every student who begins at Columbus State Community College. College Success Skills helps students understand what the expectations are while attending college and the tools necessary to be successful in college. The class is accompanied by a physical education class taught by the Sport & Exercise Studies Department. Once the initial two classes have been passed, students will be able to choose which classes they would like to take for the remainder of their college career.

For anyone interested in taking courses in the upcoming Spring semester, we wanted to take a moment to outline important dates and events. At PALS Chrysalis Health Reynoldsburg Campus, we are offering online learning courses, college prep courses, the COLS 1100 class, and some Sport and Exercise Science courses.

To better assist students in attaining their goals, we have developed a PALS curriculum that states goals, sets a time line, and includes a road map for success. PALS Chrysalis Health offers assistance to future students of Columbus State in enrollment into the college, enrollment in classes, and signing up for FAFSA.

The PALS Chrysalis Health Columbus State Program consists of four semesters.

PALS freshman semester will consist of a college class that help the student, instructors, and program better gauge the level and pace for that individual. Students in their freshman semester will take:

  • –  COLS 1101 an Introduction to College class – provided by Disability Services will be held at the Columbus State Licking County Branch (Classroom).
  • –  SES 1009 Bowling – provided by Sport and Exercise Science Department (Classroom).PALS sophomore semester students will take the following classes:

– SES 2548 Adaptive Physical Education – provided by Sport and Exercise Science (Classroom).

– SES 1100 Personal Fitness Concepts – Course provided by Sport and Exercise Science (Online).

**Upon successful completion of the PALS Sophomore semester, students are encouraged to continue courses at the faster pace.
PALS junior semester students will take the following classes:

  • –  SES 1101 Introduction to Sport & Exercise Studies – Course provided by Sport and Exercise Science (Online).
  • –  SES 1102 Recreation & Leisure Operations – Course provided by Sport and Exercise Science (Online).PALS senior semester students will take the following classes:

– Online courses of their choosing towards their area of study offered in the PALS classroom Monday – Friday from 10:00am till 11:30am.

Students who have successfully completed the four semesters at the PALS Chrysalis Health Columbus State Program will be armed with the necessary tools to transition to full time “traditional” students at Columbus State Community College! Advocates from Columbus State will be at PALS Chrysalis Health Reynoldsburg Campus one day per week to speak with students, giving them the ability to address problems they may be encountering, changes they wish to apply to their current classes, or general advice about college life.

Students must first take the asset test in order to move on to the compass testing and Disability Services Intake, which will take place at PALS Chrysalis Health locations.

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Asset Testing and Disability Services Intakes

 We will begin Testing and Intakes in November and December for the Spring Semester.

Admissions Application Deadline for Fall semester

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any questions you may have.

Thank you,

The PALS Columbus State Team Aaron Bracone