Davis Studio has partnered with Kayla’s Directory to offer art classes for individuals ages 3-24. These monthly classes allow children to explore different aspects of art in a safe and fun environment. Teresa Davis runs this amazing class along with some helpful community mentors.
Make sure to register for the monthly classes under our event page.
Friends on the Go supports children who have difficulty with social relationships and wish to connect with others. This group hopes to support kids ages four and older who have social challenges and wish to make friends in a low stress environment. Monthly or bi-monthly outings will be scheduled to local destinations such as Wildflower Studio, Petra Cliffs, Spare Time and more! Descriptions of each event will include cost, age range, noise level, etc. so families can choose the activities that best fit their needs. Age appropriate siblings are invited to join in as well!
Activities are listed on Event Calendar as well as Facebook.
Join UVM’s Ballet Viridis Ballet Company in a dance workshop for children with disabilities. The first half of the program will consist of simple warm ups and movement, while the second half will be focused on choreography and improvisation. Every child will be paired with a company member who can tailor movements to their specific needs with the goal of helping every child discover the joys of dance. This class happens several times a month during the school year.
Smugglers Notch adaptive program provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities. Their ski program comes highly recommended by many families!
Experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. Some campers/students may require two counselors/instructors, while others may be appropriately paired with one counselor.
We also offer an inclusion program with our ski and snowboard programs for children. This gives a child with special needs the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers while still maintaining the support he/she needs through the adaptive program.
There is no age limit for the program. Half and full day lessons are available. Our highly trained instructors will evaluate each individual’s needs and goals and determine their equipment requirements. Smugglers’ adaptive program maintains an inventory of adaptive equipment including mono-skis, bi-skis and a slider. Snowboarding is also available.
The Special Olympics Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children with and without disabilities ages 2 through 7, designed to provide opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics Programs. There is no cost for your family for participating. The program offers 1 hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks throughout the year.
Kayla’s Directory is partnering with Cochran’s Ski Area to enable 6 children with special needs to participate in the “Spectacular Ski Program.” The class will begin Sunday, January 7, 2018 and run for 6 consecutive weeks. Each class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10:10 a.m. Each skier will be matched with a local high school student or community mentor to ensure their success on the mountain.
Stowe Adaptive Sports is an incredible program designed to increase the independence and physical and mental well-being of people living with disabilities. They offer financial support for adaptive skiing and riding, swimming, and stand up paddle boarding. Stowe Adaptive Sports mission “is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities living in or visiting Vermont by sponsoring participation in adaptive sports and recreational programs”. For more information about skiing activities click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla’s Directory partners with Full Stride to run two 8-week skating programs for children who want to learn the fundamentals of skating. This program is all about FUN and allowing all children to have the experience of being on the ice! We try to pair each child up with a mentor to help them be successful.
The classes are held at Cairns Arena in South Burlington on Wednesday’s at 4:30. One session begins in October and another session begins in January. This is for children ages 5 and up.
Tasty Water Adventures is dedicated to providing access, promoting inclusivity, and creating joy through fishing and the outdoors for those living with a life altering injury or disability.
Tasty Water Adventures will offer:
- Adaptive casting lessons.
- Access to our waterways through adaptive equipment.
- Fly tying classes and lessons
- Guided fly fishing outings.
Team Impact connects children who have special health needs to local college athletic teams. Team Impact’s mission is improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
Team Impact has had such a positive impact on our daughter. She has been on the UVM women’s hockey team for three years. There is something magical about being part of a team, feeling included, and making connections. The connections that have been made will leave a lasting impression on our daughter.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is a 6 week program for kids who have all types of disabilites. During this 1 1/2 hour weekly program, each child is usually paired with a local Vermont high school soccer player. It is a great program that is very well run. It usually begins in the beginning of September.
Bonnie Benson is well-known for her amazing ability to teach children with special needs how to swim.
Kayla’s Directory sponsors an “adaptive” mini-milers program that is organized through Vermont City Marathon. This 6-week program is offered in the spring for children with special needs ages 6 through 14. Mentors from area high schools help the children engage in games, run, have a healthy snack, and have fun.
Bart Adaptive Sports Center provides people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports in southern Vermont. They offer instruction in skiing, snowboarding, cycling, kayaking and golf as well as a summer camp environment at Lake Shaftesbury State Park.
Provides horseback riding for children who have physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilites.
The Community Sailing Center in Burlington offers an Adaptive Watersports Program (AWP). AWP supports individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities and uses adaptive teaching methods and specialized equipment to teach individuals to sail. They offer group recreational sailing, individual lessons, and kayak and canoe rentals. The Community Sailing Center also partners with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
This is an incredible organization that offers several clinics a year for children and adults with disabilities. They run soccer clinics with the support of St. Michael’s College women’s soccer team and basketball clinics at Castleton State College. The clinics are very well run, safe, and fun!
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts does an incredible job at accommodating children with special needs. Several performances throughout the year are presented in a sensory-friendly format. The Flynn Center also has provide workshops for children on the autism spectrum throughout the year. We will keep you updated on our event page regarding those performances.
Get Air now offers special jumping time for individuals with special needs? “A Special Time For You” occurs every Saturday from 8:00-10:00 AM. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy Get Air in a safe setting.
Imagination Station is an incredible sensory space that was designed for individuals on the autism spectrum. However, it is a space that can be utilized for individuals with any disorder who want to experience a calm and relaxing environment. The fun, interactive space is filled with colors, soft music, aromatherapy, different textures, and lighting effects. Its purpose is to make sure that individuals have a positive and calm experience.
Imagination Station is operated by Washington County Mental Health Services. However, individuals who are not accessing their services are able to access the space during particular hours. Check out their website!