There are so many social, recreational and leisure opportunities for children and adults with I/DD in the Triangle Area. Here are a few links to help you navigate this myriad of choices.
*We do the best we can to keep this list up to date and accurate, but cannot be held responsible if information is outdated or incorrect.
Special Olympics North Carolina is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs in 19 different sports.
A voluntary Board of Directors serves as the governing body for Special Olympics North Carolina and employs a President/CEO responsible for carrying out programs and activities. Twenty-four staff members based in five statewide offices work closely with volunteers to provide Special Olympics programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
These programs are organized by approximately 100 sub-accredited local programs throughout the state, and the involvement of some 20,000 volunteers makes possible nearly 8,000 sport practices and 400 competition events at local, area, state, regional, and national levels each year.
Durham Parks and Recreation strives to make all programs, services, and facilities accessible for all individuals and families, regardless of race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or ability level.
We encourage you to look through the many opportunities offered by our department and participate in any/all programs you are interested in.
In addition to providing inclusion support in traditional programs, we also offer some Special Programs designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, i.e. Beepball (Blind Softball)
Camp Discover and Camp Explore (designed for youth and teens ages 5-21 who need a smaller program or different activity level than found in traditional camps), and much more.
Additional programs are offered through Special Olympics Durham County. These programs are partially funded in sponsorship with Durham Parks and Recreation.
The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department offers programs specifically designed for individuals with developmental and or multiple disabilities. However, anyone and everyone are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! For more information call 919-918-7372.
The Adapted Recreation program through Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation offers specialized classes and programs for people with special needs/disabilities and inclusion support in typical parks & rec programs. Some activities are free and some have a fee. Residents outside of Chapel Hill or Orange County are also welcome to register, for an additional fee. View all programs at: www.townofchapelhill.org/register For specialized programs, click on Adapted Recreation in the right-hand column.
To receive announcements of activities through the Adapted Recreation program:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know the age of your family member so I can send you the appropriate announcements.
For help finding appropriate programs for inclusion of your family member, call Marian Kaslovsky, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at 919 968-2813.
Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services offers a variety of programs for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, as well as for those with visual or hearing impairments. Fitness, sports, social activities, overnight trips, arts and crafts, and summer camps are just some of the programs offered. Each program is designed to meet the needs and interests of participants. Whether you prefer social outings, learning a new skill, or trips, there is sure to be a program that will interest you. Some eligibility restrictions may apply.
The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department welcomes the participation of all individuals, including those with disabilities or special needs. We are committed to compliance with the ADA and provide reasonable accommodations to facilitate program participation. For participants with special circumstances who wish to participate in any typical program, some accommodations may be available to provide inclusive experiences. We provide Inclusion Services to assist with determining and implementing appropriate accommodations.
Specialized Recreation Services offers many programs to meet the recreational needs of youth (ages 12 and under), teens/young adults (ages 13-20), and adults (ages 21 and up) with developmental disabilities.