A social networking for children with special needs to promote peer interaction. Activities include spa parties, super hero parties, hiking and scavenger hunts, movie outings
Bridge II Sports creates opportunities for people with physical disabilities to ‘Find the Player Within’ through adapted sports. Youth with physical disabilities (ages 5 through high school) and their families are welcome to participate in different year-round adapted sports programs including: cycling, kayaking, archery/air rifle, boccia, goalball, Team PRIDE wheelchair basketball, and GiGe (Girls Inspired, Girls Empowered).
Individual consultations are also available with our program specialists to try various sports and adapted equipment.
We believe participation in sport leads to life-long, life-changing impact and outcomes for everyBODY.
Camp Royall hosts the nations oldest and largest summer camp for people on the Autism Spectrum as well as many other year round activities. Summer camp and other programs are tailored to meet the needs of people of all ages on the Autism Spectrum Please visit our website for the most up to date programming information.
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department is committed to provide equal access to programs and activities for all citizens. The Adapted Recreation and Inclusion program provides both specialized activities (those exclusively for people with special needs/disabilities) and a continuum of support and accommodations for those who may need some assistance to be included in any appropriate Parks & Recreation activity.
Does your child have dreams of dancing? Dance can be a wonderful way to allow children of all ages and abilities to express themselves, to improve social interaction with others, and to gain increased flexibility and control through greater body awareness. Creativity in Motion offers private and semi-private dance classes to children with special needs. Interns and Peer Buddies, (volunteer assistants and younger students without special needs from local mainstream dance studios,) are utilized in class to serve as teacher helpers/ student models to foster an integrated dance environment.
Our Special Needs sports ministry is for children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. We offer both a spring & fall league on Saturday mornings. For the fall league we will offer soccer and T-Ball. If you would like to serve in this league as a volunteer/coach, please complete a registration form. The fee to participate in this league will be $35 (jerseys and end-of-season trophies will be provided). While we need parents to register to coach/volunteer, we will also have various “buddies” helping. If you know of someone wanting to help, or if you have additional quesitons, please contact us.
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program (HHTRP) offers riding instruction to physically, mentally, and/or emotionally disabled persons of all ages in Wake County and surrounding areas. We were founded in 1989, and are a certified non-profit, wholly volunteer operated organization dependent on the charitable support of locally interested individuals and businesses.
Hope Soccer aims to give children with intellectual and physical disabilities a fun activity they can engage in where they can interact with others in a safe and healthy outdoor environment. We are dedicated to helping children learn, to helping them grow through a team-oriented outdoor activity, and to helping them build a lifestyle that embraces physical activity and integrity in the sport.
The Miracle League of the Triangle offers Youth and Adult baseball leagues for individuals with special needs each spring and fall. The noncompetitive games have volunteer coaches working with players and their “buddies”, emphasizing safety and fun. We have 3 all-access fields located in Cary, Durham and north Raleigh.
Miracles in Motion is a nonprofit program at Dance Dynamics, Inc. offering free dance classes to children with special needs. We provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere in which students with physical, developmental, and/ or mental disabilities can explore creative movement and dance technique while connecting with peers and other Dance Dynamics students. Our goal is to assist our students in building self-confidence, dance technique, and motor skills in a fun, friendly environment. Students will explore rhythm, ballet, and jazz technique in each class, as well as have time for movement games and free dance.
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a recreational sports program for children with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities. TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive. TOPS athletes are ages 3 to 18 with a disability including but not limited to: Intellectual Disabilities, A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. Athletes are paired 1:1 with a volunteer buddy as they participate in the session each week.
The Challenger division is a Pop Warner football and cheer program for youth ages five to 18 with physical and/or developmental disabilities who are enrolled in school. The Challenger program provides a safe and structured environment for everyone to participate in the great game of football. Rules are very similar to the rules for the Pop Warner flag football program. The Challenger program is non-competitive and no score is kept. Participants may play with a “buddy” who assists them with the ball and navigating the field.
RLT is committed to making our education programs accessible and engaging for all students. Please note any specific accommodations your student needs on the registration form when signing them up for class. RLT staff will then follow up to discuss your student’s needs and our capacity for support. Accommodations that we have experience providing include: wheelchair accessible class spaces, large print materials, setting up a visit to RLT before class begins, making fidgets available to support student listening, supporting students to take a break when needed and designing activities to accommodate sensory sensitivities or needs. If students work with a 1:1 aide, the aide is welcome to attend class alongside your student. If there is something that would make a difference for our teaching artists to know ahead of time regarding engagement and support for your student, please share it with us before class begins.
Raleigh Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of programs, classes, and events throughout the year. There are endless opportunities to learn something new, refine your skills, or just meet new friends. Programs are offered for children as young as six months old and extend through active adults.
Rhythm & Rehab provides Music Therapy services for children and young adults with special needs. Services include individual music therapy, small group music therapy, adapted piano lessons and musical theater.
Signs of Learning empowers families to communicate with their children through the use of American Sign Language. We strive to create a playful, language-rich environment where babies and young children, along with their parents, educators and caretakers, learn the basics of American Sign Language through workshops, classes, and personal instruction. Through these offerings we foster brain development as well as gross and fine motor skills while deepening connections.
Surfers Healing seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism and the lives of their families by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.
Triangle Special Hockey Association (TSHA) is open to all individuals with developmental or physical disabilities who want to participate in ice hockey and/or street/ball hockey. We create a supportive, encouraging environment adapted to the level of ability of the participants. Hockey is a great way to develop coordination and concentration, and being on a team gives us all opportunities to learn how to work well with others.
Hockey is a fun way to get some exercise, learn some skills, and interact with others. All skill levels (from none to experienced) are welcome to participate in the program. We can always use mentors – especially if you can ice skate or have street/ball hockey experience. Contact us to find out more!
The Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department proudly debuted its Dream League program in 2008. The league is designed for children ages 5-18 in the Wake Forest area who have special needs. The league will operate on Saturdays from late April through early June at Tyler Run Park.