Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services
Specialized Recreation Services offers many programs to meet the recreational needs of individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities of all ages.
By providing lower staff-to-participant ratios and experienced staff, Specialized Recreation Services continues to provide the opportunity for individuals to improve their leisure skills and gain new experiences. Through fitness and sports programs, Specialized Recreation Services offers the opportunity for participants to develop and maintain skills that will encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle. Participants can learn a new skill by participating in cooking, arts and crafts, fishing, and scrapbooking programs.
Examples of opportunities may include: Buddy Sports for youth/teens, Cooking Programs for all ages, Scrapbooking for Adults, Recreational Bowling for all ages, Dance Programs for all ages, Arts programs for teens/adults, Bingo and Game Nights for all ages, Social Skills programs for youth/teens, Social Club local and travel programs, Seasonal Dances, etc.
All participants who register for a Specialized Recreation Program must have a current Participant Information Request Form on file, to assist staff in better meeting individual needs. These forms are valid for 1 calendar year.
Adapted Sports & Fitness
Specialized Recreation Services offers adapted sports and fitness opportunities for individuals of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities. For information on what is currently being offered, please check the Specialized Recreation section of the current Leisure Ledger or view the flyers posted below.
For more information, contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services, 919-996-2147.
Join us as we dance the night away! We will have music, refreshments, and lots of friends! Chaperones and volunteers will be available to supervise participants. Those participants who need a higher level of supervision or assistance are welcome to attend, but must provide their own chaperone. There is no pre-registration; $5 cash and a registration form is required at the door. Parents, workers, and chaperones admitted for free, but must complete the registration form for entry.
- Snowflake Ball (sponsored and held at Cary Academy) - Jan. 26
- Valentine's Day Dance (sponsored by the Raleigh Youth Council) - Feb. 3
- Spring Dance (sponsored by Special Olympics Wake County) - March 17
- Wild, Wild West Dance - April 21
- Formal Ball - May 19
- Summer Fun Dance – June 30
- Red, White & Blue Dance – July 21
- Crazy Hats Dance – Aug. 11
- Fall Dance (sponsored by Triangle Down Syndrome Network) - TBD
- Halloween Dance (sponsored by the Raleigh Youth Council) - TBD
All dances are from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and held at various locations. Please check the dance flyers for specific information.
For information on any of the dances listed above, please contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services, 919-996-2147
Friendly Track Out
Participants must be able to work successfully within a 1:3 ratio of staff to participants. Some personal care assistance is provided for dressing, toileting, and hygiene. Students who require more assistance or supervision may attend with a personal assistant. Completion of the Personal Assistant Information Form is required at least two weeks in advance of the program start date.
Friendly Track Out is available for Breaks 2-4 at Lake Lynn Community Center and Marsh Creek Community Center. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Registration for each break will close one month in advance. Additional forms and either a phone or live interview are required to complete the registration process. The interview is now part of the registration process to ensure that your participant is appropriately registered, so they can be the most successful in the program. This interview not only allows us to get to know the participant better but also provides a forum where we can answer any of your more specific questions. If at this interview, it is determined that Friendly Track Out is not appropriate for your participant, we will grant a full refund for the weeks in which they are registered.
For general information about Friendly Track Out, please contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services or call 919-996-2147.More information on how to register
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. For more information, please contact the listed group directly or contact us at 919-996-2147 or via email.
Abilities Tennis of North Carolina is a local non-profit organization offering free tennis lessons and competitive opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Experienced volunteers will lead the lessons. Equipment is provided and all levels of experience welcome. The program is hosted at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center.
The Jr. Thunder Wheelchair Basketball program is done in collaboration with Bridge II Sports, and is designed for youth with a physical disability, ages 6-20 years. We have 2 divisions: Prep and JV. Jr. Thunder has weekly practices from late August – March, located at Laurel Hills Community Center. In practices, we work on sports skills, as well as building confidence, goal setting and independence. The team does travel for tournaments in and out-of-state. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please visit the Bridge II Sports website or call 866-880-2742.
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 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.
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.
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.
Triangle Taiko provides free Taiko drumming classes for teens and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Through this program, participants will increase their physical fitness level while learning the history and art of Taiko drumming. The program is hosted at Carolina Pines Community Center.
Programs for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Specialized Recreation Services offers a variety of monthly recreational opportunities, specifically designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Programs offered may include sporting events, community outings, trips, bowling, silent suppers, meet-ups, etc. Participants meet twice per year to provide program feedback and provide suggestions for upcoming programs.
For some programs, transportation is provided to and/or from a centralized meeting location. Participants must register and pay in advance. A participation form is required annually for all participants and should be completed and returned to our office prior to participating. Additional forms or waivers may be required, depending on the type of activity.
The HIP flyer is published on a bi-monthly basis and contains information on program policies, registration and details regarding upcoming program opportunities.
To be added to our list to receive the flyer or to update your contact information with us, please contact us at 919-996-2147 or via email.
Programs for Individuals with Visual Impairments
The Visually Impaired Program offers a variety of exciting monthly recreational opportunities to individuals with visual impairments.
Quest Adult Day Program
Quest Adult Day Program is open to adults ages 22 or older with developmental and/or physical disabilities who are interested in day-time recreation, healthy living activities and community engagement. This group meets one day per week and participants are engaged in a variety of activities and community outings, focused around monthly themes.
Quest is offered at two locations: Five Points Center for Active Adults on Tuesdays and Millbrook Exchange Community Center on Thursdays. Hours of operation at both locations are 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. with a curriculum day of 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Supervised participant-choice activities will be available for arrival and dismissal hours.
Participants are welcome to participate in Quest at both sites but must register and pay per location.
View the current Quest program flyer for:
Participants must be able to work within a group setting of 1 staff per 6 participants, manage personal care with minimal assistance and follow basic rules of safety and social interaction. Individuals who require more support may bring a Personal Assistant to the program. Personal Assistants must complete additional paperwork before attending. Personal Assistant forms are requested at least two weeks in advance, to ensure processing time.
Monthly registration is required (there is no option for single day registration), and registration must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the first program date of each month. All participants must have a current Participant Information Request Form on file prior to participating. Register online via RecLink.
Our Social Clubs offer three age group-based clubs to provide social opportunities to those ages 15 and up on a monthly basis.Learn more about Social Clubs
Are you looking for something to do during the summer? Specialized Recreation Services offers summer camps that are sure to keep participants of all ages busy during the summer months!Learn more about Summer Camps
Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services partners with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Aquatics Program to offer participants of all ages the opportunity to participate in swimming programs, including both private and group swim lessons.Learn more about Swim Lessons