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ADDitude Magazine

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Autism Society - DC Chapter
5167 7th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20011
202-561-5300 (voice)

ASDC provides monthly support meetings for parents, siblings, and other caregivers to freely discuss their unique needs and interests. Summer Camp Program for Children and Adults with Autism - one week residential summer camp for children and adults with autism through the District of Columbia Autistic Educational Program.

Boating in DC Adaptive Kayaking (Summer) Program
Potomac Avenue, SE & First Street, SE, Washington , DC 20003
202-337-9642 ext. 40 (voice)

Have you wanted to experience kayaking? Boating in DC is offering an Adaptive Kayaking Program at our Ballpark Boathouse each Friday (July 31st through September 25th).

  • Reduced cost of only $5 per session for program participants and $10 for guests, including family members, friends, caregivers or staff members.
  • No prior kayaking experience is required.
  • Individuals of all abilities are encouraged to attend.
  • Kayaks, lifejackets and paddles are included.
  • Boathouse staff are not able to assist with any personal care.
  • Wheelchair accessible port-a-john is available on site.
  • In the event of bad weather we will cancel the program. If you are registered (required) you will be notified as soon as the decision is made.

Camp Virginia Jaycee
P.O. Box 648, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
(540) 947.2972 (voice)

Camp Virginia Jaycee is a summer outdoor recreational and educational program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The camp offers many safe and fun activities for its campers, including:

  • Swimming
  • Arts and crafts
  • Nature
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Sports and games
  • Music and drama
  • Hayrides
  • Campfires
  • Dances
  • Talent shows

Chateau Nightclub
3439 Benning Rd, NE, Washington, DC 20019

The Chateau is the place to go hand dancing in the District (or, really, anywhere). Thursday through Sunday, this club is filled with oldies DJs and a middle-aged clientele that definitely knows how to dance. Many of the people here are regulars who also attend dance classes. This is the best place to enjoy DC's own version of swing dancing.

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding, Inc
Pleasant View Farm 22500 West Harris Road, Barnesville, MD 20838
301-916-2040 (voice) | 301-916-2656 (fax)

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding, Inc (Circle of Hope) is a nationally accredited non-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to encouraging the physical and mental development of children and adults with developmental, psychological, or physical disabilities. Circle of Hope's equine-facilitated approach incorporates cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and physical goals to increase self-confidence, self-esteem, physical independence, and social awareness.

DC Center for Therapeutic Recreation
3030 G St, SE, Washington, DC 20019
202-698-1794 (voice) | 202-645-5118 (TTY)

Therapeutic recreation programs and services are offered to both District residents and non-residents with or without disabilities. Classes include: Aromatherapy, spring break camp, weight training, and water exercise and water sports.

DC Disability Guide, DC Center for Independent Living, Inc.

This on-line guide offers a wide range of resources from finding personal attendants to accessible restaurants and apartment communities in the DC-MD-VA area.

Easter Seals Cruise for Kids
1420 Spring St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
800-886-3771 (voice)

The annual Cruise for Kids brings children with disabilities and their families together with corporate and individual sponsors, boat owners, and community leaders for a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. The day makes a powerful impact on everyone involved and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support services for children and adults with disabilities.

Get Involved DC! Washington, DC
202-338-7158 EXT. 20 (voice)

GET INVOLVED DC! is a program that will give people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to become more involved in the DC community through service and recreation. This program will serve young adults for one year with a goal of training them to independently find and attend community service and recreational events. Training will be provided on event planning, budgeting and the use of public transportation (Metro rail and Metro buses) in order to get members to/from community service and recreational activities rather than having participants depend on Metro Access. GET INVOLVED DC! Members will be offered a wide range of volunteer and recreational events and activities, in an integrated setting, that they can choose to participate in. They may also recommend activities that may be of interest to the group that may not be on the list. Washington, DC hosts numerous events during the year such as folk festivals, parades, sporting events, concerts and theatrical presentations. DC also provides many community service opportunities throughout the year including national service days, holidays, charity events and neighborhood cleanups. Members of the program will go to these events independently or with friends in both community service and recreational capacities. The overall goal of this project is to empower youth and young adults with disabilities with the tools they need to access, enjoy and give back to their community.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital
4301 Connecticut Ave NW, , Washington, DC 20008
202-237-1670 (voice) | 202-274-2161 (fax)

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC) helps girls to promote diversity, gain practical life skills, and connect with their community through a variety of artistic, educational, and environmental events. Some of these events include:

  • Photography expos
  • College and career conferences
  • Nature workshops

The Guide to AquaticTherapy for Children with Autism

This guide offers background information on the health implications presented by ASD and physical limitations resulting from the symptoms experienced by children with ASD, along with resources and tips on the general benefits of physical activity, the benefits of swimming for children with ASD, resources for locating and accessing swimming lessons for your child with ASD, and other helpful resources to help your child experience the benefits of increased physical activity.

Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005
202.467.2737 - CARE (voice) | 202.580.6485 - OTRCH

Community-based care management network coordinating health, social, and education services for the pediatric Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSI- eligible populations of Washington, DC. Provides support through the Therapeutic Recreation Fund to introduce various sports and fitness classes that offer the much-needed physical activity that is lacking in many programs for children and youth with disabilities. Through the Family Circles Program, supports families with children and youth who have disabilities by proving a series of services designed to meet training and education, advocacy, and emotional wellness needs.

The HSC Pediatric Center
1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-832-4400 (voice)

Specialty pediatric hospital providing rehabilitative services in the Washington-Baltimore service area, providing quality, comprehensive health care services for children and youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their families. Supports the Therapeutic Recreation Fund, designed to introduce various sports and fitness classes that offer the much-needed physical activity that is lacking in many programs for children with disabilities.

HSCSN Youth Athletic Program
MLK Outreach Center, 2124 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20020

The Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) Youth Athletic Program (YAP) is an inclusive, adapted sports program for at-risk youth, including those with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Launched in 2007 with summer soccer clinics and initially targeting children of parents and caregivers who attended its support group meetings, the project has expanded to include children of all abilities.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
P.O. Box 341590, Bethesda, MD 20827
301-770-3200 (voice)

Volunteer organization providing free one-on-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities.

Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA)

The Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) is a 501(c)(3) organization of blind athletes and their sighted peers who believe that recreational and competitive sports opportunities should be open to everyone, regardless of their ability to see. We hold programs for blind and visually impaired youth and adults from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia to discover new sports or practice familiar ones in an open and welcoming environment. Our mission also includes teaching blind athletes the physical techniques and body movements that they may not have had a chance to learn through physical education classes. We also share the best way to teach athletic and kinesthetic skills to the blind and visually impaired population with educators in our area.

Montgomery County Disability Network Directory

This multi-page resource provides information about a variety of recreational programs for people with physical and intellectual disabilities living in and around Montgomery County, Maryland.

Nurse Groups' Special Olympics and Other Recreation Programs Webpage

Nurse Group's Special Olympics and Other Recreation Programs webpage offers a variety of sports and leisure resources for people with disabilities including links to:

  • National and state-specific Special Olympics histories
  • Current national and state-specific Special Olympics news
  • Paralympic team, committee, event, sport club and sport ability information
  • National and regional wheelchair sports organizations and events
  • Limited mobility and wheelchair safety information
  • Air travel tips

On The Edge Childrens Foundation
PO BOX 4763 , Gettysburg, PA 17325
(240) 344-0424 (voice) | (717) 337-1921 (msg)

On The Edge brings children and others together who would not typically be involved in water sports and activities. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience something different and challenging, something that they could take on, and have fun with at the same time.

Special Olympics D.C.
900 Second Street, NE, Suite 200, Washington , DC 20002
(202) 408-2640 (voice) | (202) 408-2646 (fax)

Special Olympics D.C. is a non profit organization providing quality sports and fitness opportunities for citizens with intellectual disabilities in the District of Columbia. These programs enable participants to challenge themselves, lead healthier lives, experience success, and receive positive reinforcement for their efforts.

Teens Run DC Washington, DC

Teens Run DC empowers at-risk youth to envision and work towards the achievement of personal goals through an adult mentoring and distance running program.  Over the course of nine months, TRDC Running Leaders, Mentors, and Friends challenge and guide these youth to develop the skills necessary to achieve their running goals and their life goals.

Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities (Alexandria, VA)
1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5422 (voice) | 703.535.5863 (fax)

The Therapeutic Recreation Program is committed to providing innovative, inclusive, accessible and affordable recreation programs which enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals with all abilities.

Recreation programs include:

  • Youth & Teen Summer Camps
  • Youth & Teen After School Programs
  • Adult Social & Art Clubs
  • Youth Sports Leagues

Wish-A-Fish Foundation
Wish-A-Fish Foundation, Inc., c/o Skip Zinck, 1346 Brenda Rd, Severn, MD 21144
(410) 551-5024 (voice)

The Wish-A-Fish Foundation's mission is to provide a little relief for a family from the daily stress of having a child with "special needs," such as a life-threatening illness or a mental or physical disability, by taking the entire family out for a day of fun and fishing on the water.

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