Recreational Opportunities

Recreational Opportunities

Adapted Recreation Services
Adapted Recreation Services (ARS) is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to promote community integration for people of all abilities through our comprehensive classes in fitness, education, recreation, and social opportunities. Adapted Recreation Service's focus is to develop a comprehensive plan that emphasizes the goals of the individual and their families. We partner with community organizations, local businesses, and disability-oriented services in Monroe and surrounding counties to help provide integration opportunities. ARS provides Community Connection, Functional Education Skill development, Fitness/Healthy Living classes, and Recreational Programs throughout the community. We work closely with self-directed programs to help build classes around the needs of individuals. Our organization is open to all and has no limitation to who we serve.

Artists Unlimited/Voices Unlimited
Since 2007, our mission has been to offer a unique expressive experience, in a safe haven, to those individuals who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate as actors in other venues. Performing quality works with the message of inclusion and respect, Artists Unlimited’s program seeks to break down barriers and stereotypes often attributed to those who are disabled. By integrating our cast, individuals with and without disabilities often learn life skills from each other that go beyond the theater venue.

PO Box 26766
Rochester, NY 14626

Best Buddies
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

1000 Elmwood Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585.259.4558

CDS Monarch
CDS Monarch’s Recreation Programs offer person-centered recreation and leisure activities to individuals ages five through adulthood living at home with their families through various community-based programs to meet individual needs. CDS Monarch’s specialized recreation services provide integrated settings for all individuals. 860 Hard Road Webster, NY 14580 (585) 341-4600

Challenger Baseball
Challenger Baseball is an official division of Little League International. The division was created in 1989 with the objective to give kids with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to play the great game of baseball.

Players are ages 4 -18, and up to 22 if they are enrolled in a school program.
Locally we have over 300 players in Little League town programs; Brighton, Webster, Penfield, Fairport, Pittsford, Victor, Rush Henrietta, Honeoye Falls, and Greece. You do not have to live on one of the towns just mentioned for your child to play there. We find the town program that fits best for you.
The format of play accommodates all. All players get to bat each inning and then play the field. No score is kept. Just a lot of fun hitting the ball, running the bases, catching and throwing the ball in the field; some with the assistance of an assigned Buddy to help in play and keeping the players safe.
A Challenger Buddy is a volunteer, usually a player from one of the traditional house league teams, who helps a player who needs assistance. If a player can’t swing a bat, they help. If a player is in a wheelchair, they push them around the bases. If a player needs a little protection on the field, their Buddy is at their side for those hard hit ground balls. Sometimes the player just wants someone to hang out in the field or help them in the batters box.

CP Rochester The Community Recreation Program provides opportunities to develop lifetime recreation skills and interests. Most of their programs and events are out in the community. They offer opportunities for individual and group interaction, as well as programs that incorporate instruction and skill development, such as their individual swimming lessons, teen club, fitness and fine arts programs.
3399 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 334-6000

Equicenter Equicenter offers a number of therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, vaulting and horsemanship (equine facilitated mental health) sessions. Their goal is to provide a safe, appropriate, productive and enjoyable environment where participants can work toward their individual goals.
3247 Rush Mendon Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
(585) 624-7777

Family Autism Center
The Family Autism Center's mission is to provide traditional family experiences for all families in Rochester, NY and all surrounding areas. We are an inclusive organization, and serve families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays as well as families without disabilities. We provide skill-building opportunities to families and children that promote independence, healthy active lifestyles, networking and greater opportunities for families to participate in their community. Our staff are educational and community professionals who have extensive experience working with typically developing children as well as children and young adults with disabilities, particularly those with significant communication and behavioral difficulties.
1150 University Avenue
Suite #8 in Building 5
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585.371.5018

Gliding Stars of Rochester The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice in their own local community, culminating in the demonstration of those skills publicly in an end-of-season on-ice choreographed performance. 1900 Empire Blvd, #261
Webster, NY 14580-1993
(585) 503-2654

Heritage Christian Stables Heritage Christian Stables is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults, accredited by NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped, Inc.). With the assistance of highly skilled riding instructors, physical therapists, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this program provides an exciting opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth.
1103 Salt Road
Webster, NY 14580
(585) 872-2540

Music Education Centers Music Education Centers offers a variety of musical enrichment programs. MEC has developed educational systems that break musical tasks down to their very core to ensure success for every student. These programs are particularly appropriate for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome or other Developmental or Learning Disabilities.
1788 Penfield Road, Suite #1
Penfield, NY 14526
(877) 632-6833

Never Say Never Stables

For families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer, long term illness, autism, mental or physical disability, or who may be suffering from other life challenges, trauma or setbacks, we seek to provide recreational assisted horse back riding and fun, horse oriented activities intended to lift children’s spirits, encourage personal healing and enhance self empowerment. Our horse related activities provide special time away from home and/or the hospital for kids who can use a distraction from the everyday challenges and pain they may be facing.

906 Maple Drive
Webster, NY 14580
(585) 787-9835

Pieters Family Life Center The Pieters Family Life Center offers a variety of programs and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. A listing of classes is published quarterly.
1025 Commons Way
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 487-3500

Shared Ski Adventures, CP Rochester Shared Ski Adventures, is an ADAPTIVE Learn to Ski Program that helps people with disabilities become independent skiers. Skiing takes place at Swain Ski Resort in Western New York. Shared Ski Adventures is the largest adaptive ski program in the greater Rochester area. 3399 Winton Road South Rochester, NY 14623 (585) 334-6000

Special Olympics

Spectrum Creative Arts

Spectrum offers a unique variety of creative arts programming, including individual music, art, dance, and theatre lessons, group classes, and seasonal camps, in addition to individual and group music and art therapy services. Spectrum’s presence extends to the Rochester community and surrounding areas, providing services in early intervention programs, school districts, community centers, senior living facilities, day care centers, rehabilitation clinics, and group homes.

At Spectrum Creative Arts, we are passionate about creating exceptional learning experiences for individuals of any age and ability level.

3300 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 383-1999

Strike Back Martial Arts

Strike Back Martial Arts provides training programs tailored for students, regardless of their age, sex, size and skill, which will meet their needs for functional self-protection. Through this program, students will learn discipline, develop strength and gain self-confidence. Programs include Jujitsu Buddies (ages 4-11), No Gi Jujitsu (tweens and teens), and Core 4 Fitness (older teens and young adults).

55 East Main Street
Webster, NY 14580

Spotted Rabbit Creative Arts Therapy: Spotted Rabbit’s team of licensed creative arts therapists offers therapeutically minded visual arts classes for youth and adults. We work individually with all clients to help them bring their creative visions to life while working on skills such as communication, independence, and frustration tolerance. Our art studios in Brighton, Pittsford, and Amsterdam NY provide opportunities to engage with materials such as ceramics, wood working, fiber arts, paint and more. Spotted Rabbit therapists specialize in I/DD, neurodivergence (including autism), LGBTQ+ issues, and trauma and can bill self-direction and some insurances for services.

(585) 430-9877x0

Together Including Every Student (TIES) Promotes the participation of students with developmental disabilities in extracurricular and community activities by creating effective, natural support provided by trained student volunteers. Supported by various school districts – please visit the TIES website to find the coordinator responsible for your district.

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