Triangle Leisure and Recreation

There are so many social, recreational and leisure opportunities for children and adults with IDD & autism in the Triangle Area. Here are a few links to help you navigate this myriad of choices.

Apex Specialized Recreation

Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, where possible, attempts to provide recreational programs for special populations by request and/or inclusion in existing programs. Those with special needs who are interested in participating in existing programs should check with Recreation Programs Specialist Allie Prelaske to discuss their particular situation.


Arts Access

The mission of Arts Access is to enable North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities, and to encourage them to participate fully in the rich cultural and artistic life throughout the state.

Carrboro Parks & Rec. Inclusion/People with Disabilities

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.

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Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Adapted Recreation & Inclusion Program


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: For specialized programs, click on Adapted Recreation in the right-hand column.


To receive announcements of activities through the Adapted Recreation 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.

Durham Special Programs and Inclusion

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.

Special Programs
In addition to providing inclusion support in traditional programs, we also offer

Holly Springs Specialized Programming

The town of Holly Springs is now offering specialized programming for children with special needs

Buddy Sports Club and All Starz Fun & Fitness

Raleigh Parks & Recreation Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services

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.

Special Olympics NC

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.

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Together On Center Stage (TOCS)

Our program provides a performing arts vehicle for people regardless of their level of experience, abilities or disabilities, and promotes inclusion and community spirit. It is presented in a welcoming environment and is committed to developing social and performance skills, building self-esteem, discipline, responsibility, and positive values through the creative arts.

Individuals from all over the Raleigh triangle area meet at the Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center and our performances are held in their beautiful 186 seat performing arts theater.

Our past few sessions were held with a diverse group of participants ages 6 to adult. The participants presented their original plays, “It’s A Backwards World…So Who Is LAMRON?” and “The Magical Harmonies of Lifestro”. More than 1000 audience members experienced these incredible performances.

*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.