Recreation & Leisure
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Check out their resources page for information on other organizations and events. https://www.athelasinstitute.org/resources/community-connections.html
Athletes Serving Athletes
Athletes Serving Athletes empowers individuals living with disabilities to train and compete in main stream running and triathlon events so they can experience the THRILL of crossing the finish line.
Baltimore City and Baltimore County Community Resources Directory
Community Resources 2019 is an annual directory developed and published by the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA). Baltimore County Department of Aging has partnered with the Baltimore County Department of Planning/Commission on Disabilities as well as Baltimore City to create one regional resource directory for Baltimore residents. The directory’s content has been expanded to accommodate resources and services that range from adult day care to recreation and travel.
Baltimore City Dept. of Recreation & Parks
Baltimore City Dept of Recreation & Parks (Therapeutic Recreation division) provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities in both specialized and inclusive environments. Upcoming events and programs are listed on our webpage:
A fun, activity filled summer day camp specifically designed to build friendships between individuals with and without special needs.
Check out their website www.campinclusion.org, emial info@campinclusion or call 443-398-8537 to learn more.
CORE Foundations Serves Ages 18+
CRAB Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
CRAB provides sailing experiences and instruction to over 1,000 guests every year from its base of operations at Sandy Point State Park. Thanks to the numerous CRAB volunteer Skippers, Crew, and Support Staff sailing programs are held every week through October and include Family Sail Sundays, Group Sails, Sailing Camps and Clinics, and Regattas. Their mission is to bring the thrill, freedom, therapeutic value of sailing to people with disabilities, recovering veterans, and local youth from at-risk neighborhoods. Visit the CRAB website for more information.
Check out these great resources for family game play provided by the Instructual Access Team of Howard County Public Schools
GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis
Officially opened on February 3, 2018—making it the 35th GiGi’s Playhouse Down syndrome achievement center across North America and the first in the DC/MD/VA area.
All of their therapeutic, educational programs and tutoring are free and support all ages, from families with a prenatal diagnosis through adult individuals with Down syndrome. Our programs focus on a variety of skills, including gross and fine motor skills, literacy and math skills, social skills, and confidence–all with the goal of helping individuals with Down syndrome become their best selves.
Easterseals Camp Fairlee
Provides respite care to Maryland families and accessible recreation to children and adults with all types of disabilities through year-round programs including summer camp, respite weekends, and travel / vacation trips. Camp Fairlee is best known for its traditional, overnight summer camp program that has 6 and 12 day sessions. Activities include swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, wall climbing, zip line, ropes course, nature trails, arts/crafts and more. Camp Fairlee was totally rebuilt in 2015 and has modern, climate controlled facilities including a 12,000 square foot activity center for use in bad weather. Located on the upper Eastern Shore near Chestertown, MD Serving Maryland families since 1954. www.campfairlee.com 410-778-0566
Guide to Accessible Travel
www.spintheglobe.net is a great resource for information on travel and those places that are especially friendly to people traveling in wheelchairs etc.
Howard County Autism Society
Offers many social opportunities through out the year. http://www.howard-autism.org/resources-services/social-opportunities/
Offers sensory friendly performance of the children’s classic, check out their upcoming shows.
Change things up with a sensory friendly opera or symphonic orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center!
You can find some great pre-visit materials in the link below that include social stories and sensory maps of some of their theaters.
Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MD-LBPH)
Provides free library services for people who are unable to read standard print because of a visual, physical, or reading disability. MD-LBPH offers books and magazines the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable. Our talking-book players feature large buttons, braille letters beside the controls, a sleep timer, and built-in audio instructions. The BARD Mobile app allows users to quickly and easily download audiobooks directly to iOS and Android devices. To receive an application for service, call 410-230-2443,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.lbph.maryland.gov
Olney Theatre Center
Offers sensory friendly performances. Check with them for availability and show times.
Pathfinders for Autism
Pathfinders for Autism works to support and improve the lives of individuals affected by autism through expansive, individualized programming, and by providing resources, training, information and activities free of charge.
Rental 4WD electric beach wheelchairs that can navigate the beach with ease, allowing all people to enjoy the sun and sand. email email@example.com for more information. www.sandhelper.com
Sensory Friendly Films at AMC
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes. Please check times on the AMC website.
Special Olympics Howard County
Conducts a training and competitive sports program for children and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. 410 740 0500
Taking the Lead, Inc
Uses an 80-acre working dog and horse training facility to give clients the skills to live more independently and success in their community and workplace. 443 690 1176 www.takingthelead.org
The Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center
Provides physical and occupational therapy on horseback to treat a wide range of disabilities. 410 489 5100
Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services
Offers integrated sports and arts programs, social groups, summer campus and community outings for those with mental and physical disabilities.
410 313 4628
Unbridled Rehabilitation Services
Offers physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as hippotherapy a bike program and more. Check out their website for more information and locations around the state. www.unbridledrehab.com