Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services

Last updated Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:30 am
Specialized Recreation Program

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.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

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.

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Inclusion Services

Inclusion Services supports access to typical programs for participants with disabilities by offering reasonable and appropriate accommodations to the participant.

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Special Olympics Wake County

Special Olympics Wake County provides year-round sport training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete.

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Programs for Individuals with Visual Impairments

The Visually Impaired Program offers a variety of exciting monthly recreational opportunities to individuals with visual impairments.

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Specialized Recreation Services partners with the following groups to further support and provide program opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families in our community.

We partner with Bridge II Sports to offer the Wheels of Steel, youth and teen wheelchair basketball program. The program is currently hosted at Laurel Hills Community Center.

We partner with Cary Academy to offer the Snowflake Ball, a semi-formal dance, each January. The proceeds from the Snowflake Ball are donated to Specialized Recreation Services to provide summer camp scholarships.

The Raleigh Sidewinders Quad Rugby Team is eastern North Carolina's only wheelchair rugby organization and is sponsored by the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association. The program is hosted at Barwell Road Community Center.

Support & Seminars is a support group that initially began with a parent seeking resources for her teen daughter with disabilities. The Arc of Wake County sponsors the program in conjunction with Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. The program is hosted at Millbrook Exchange Community Center.

The Next Step is a support and resource group that meets the 3rd Saturday of every month at Millbrook Exchange Community Center. Guest speakers form the community help parents and guardians as their adult children with disabilities prepare to move away from home. For more info, contact Kathy Honeyman.

The Triangle Thunder adult wheelchair basketball team represents the greater triangle. They provide opportunities for men and women with a variety of disabilities to become involved in the sport of wheelchair basketball. The program is hosted at Barwell Road Community Center.

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