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Social & Recreational Local Resources

Amerikick Martial Arts NE Philly

Our Karate program is not just about giving kids an incredible workout by teaching basic self-defense skills... We also teach dozens of martial arts techniques that will shape and strengthen your child's mind, too.  

Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA)

Creating a World of Broader Acceptance For All.  AHA exists to better the lives of those in the special needs community through athletics and other fun events

Bucks YMCA Ability Programs

Programs created for individual with disAbilities, such as swimming, sports, and fitness.

 

Bucks County Admirals

Allows special needs children and adults the opportunity to play the great game of ice hockey.  In our 14th season we have over 40 players competing and having fun! 

Bucks County Challenger

Flag Football and Cheerleading - 

The program provides skill training and game experience in Flag Football for athletes with special needs. The special needs athletes are instructed by local high school football players on Sundays from 1100 am - 1230 pm during the season from September to November.

 

Baseball - 

Bux-Mont Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Challenger League 

Pop Warner’s overall goals are to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment and by establishing a Challenger Division Pop Warner is providing an opportunity for everyone to participate in the great game of football.

Bucks County Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Buddy Walks

Hopes and Dreams Foundation - 

CHOP at the Linc - 

Fish for Life

Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California. Our  charter is to to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by providing a complimentary fishing trip on the sea for them to enjoy.  This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and creating memorable experiences.

July 22, 2023, Atlantic Star, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.  Aug 19, 2023, Atlantic Star, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.

Fox Chase Champions

Fox Chase Champions is a non-profit organization providing recreational and educational activities for special needs children. We offer programs in Baseball, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer, and Bowling in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. 

 

The Goofy Gators

It is the mission of the Goofy Gators to enhance the lives of our children with autism and other special needs.  We will work on the strengths of our children to create a better future through social skills and family activities while providing plentiful community resources

Heart of Surfing

Heart of Surfing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 2014 by Cindy & Bob Fertsch, inspired by their own son Jamie, who loved riding the waves.

Heart of Surfing is a grassroots, local organization – made up of  incredible volunteers that believe that everyone has the ability to participate and have fun.

Our mission is to create positive experiences for individuals with autism and/or other developmental disabilities through recreational activities. We offer surfing, skateboarding/scootering, roller skating, ice skating and more!

ICan Shine

iCan Shine provides quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. By creating an environment where each person is empowered to maximize their individual abilities, everyone can shine! ican bike and ican dance

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Ivy Hill provides equine-assisted services to all individuals in an inclusive and accessible environment designed to promote independence and confidence.

1811 Mill Rd

Perkasie, PA 18944

215-822-2515

Keeping Kids Connected

Created by parents and for parents, Keeping Kids Connected is where you can find all the best local, family-friendly events and activities! We also have menus full of information such as local classes, sports teams and leagues, and party-planning resources.

Keeping Kids Connected is primarily focused on the Montgomery and Upper and Central Bucks counties of Pennsylvania, but occasionally we like to let you know about fun stuff happening in other areas, too. Visit us often and stay connected!

Life Rolls On

They will surf again: Wildwood.  Sunday, August 6th, 2023.  Hundreds of volunteers, people of all ages with disabilities, and entire families come together for an epic day in the ocean.  Whether you’ve surfed with us for years, are a beginner, or just want to meet people and hang out for the day…YOU BELONG HERE. Everyone is welcome.

 

Miracle League of Northampton Township

The Miracle League of Northampton Township is committed to enriching our community by providing education and social development through high quality recreational facilities and programs for individuals with special needs and their families; serving over 250 individuals with disabilities across Bucks County and neighboring communities.

 

Softball - 

All special needs athletes are welcome to play in the Miracle League, you do not have to be a resident of Northampton Township, PA to play. We group athletes based on age and playing experience but as a guideline, these are the divisions we have: Juniors: Ages 5-12, Seniors: Ages 13 & Up

Safety is a top priority. Players have a buddy to assist them and focus on enabling the athletes to use their abilities, have fun and keep safe during play.

 

Basketball -

Miracle League Basketball takes place at the Maureen Welch Elementary School Gym, 750 New Rd, Churchville, PA 18966 on Monday evenings from November thru March.  Players are grouped into one of two sessions, by age and ability, to allow them to better learn with their peers. Sessions are 6:30 and 7:30 PM. For more information contact Cathy Golden at 267-322-0514 or mcmbkg5@verizon.net .

 

Bowling - 

Miracle League Bowling takes place at the Thunderbird Lanes on Street Rd in Warminster, PA on Saturday afternoons form 1:00 – 2:45PM from September through April. Players have the option of playing 2 or 3 games on a weekly basis. This program is extremely popular so we suggest joining the waitlist.

 

Soccer - 

Miracle League Soccer is under the direction of CRUSA (Council Rock United Soccer Association).  There is no charge for this program but you need to register at the link listed below.  Soccer season usually starts end of Summer/beginning of Fall. Games are held Sundays at the Miracle League turf field. For more information, call 267-988-4053.

National Parks Access Pass

U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) may get a free, lifetime pass that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center

Our mission at Parwood TRC serves the special needs community ages 5 years and up. We provide equine related activities that faciliate physical and cognitive functions in direct relation to riding skills. Our vision is to provide the special needs community with an equal opportunity to reach a safe and applicable level of independence through achieving each riders desired goals and objectives.

543 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

215-552-7649

Pegasus Riding Academy

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding programs and equine-assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with disabilities, diagnoses, and those in at risk populations. 

8297 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
215.742.1500

Shine Together Dances

Monthly dances for those with special needs in Doylestown, PA.  Open to 16 and over.  Individuals 18 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Special Equestrians Therapeutic Riding Center

Our experience at Special Equestrians bears out the results of long-term, global research into therapeutic riding: students experience physical, emotional, and mental rewards from therapeutic riding.

2800 Street Road, P.O. Box 1001, Warrington, PA, 18976
215.918.1001, info@specialequestrians.org

Special Olympics Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and transformation happens on the playing field and the experiences create lifelong friendships.

Top Hat Dance Studio

Dance

Students learn partner dances such as ballet, jazz, bachata, salsa, waltz and foxtrot as well as individual basic dance movement a in a fun and educational environment. Classes are for students 17 and over every Sunday at 1:00 pm.  All classes are $10.00 per person or 6-classes for $60.00. Caregivers are welcome to join! 

Art Classes: 

Ages: late teen trough adult, Every Monday from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon; $16 per individual, including materials             

 

Variety Club Philadelphia 

The Children’s Charity Our mission is to build independence and self-confidence in children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities. Variety offers educational, recreational and social enrichment activities while connecting families to resources.

The Victory Vipers Cheer Abilities Team

(All ages welcome) We are proud to offer our Cheer Abilities team (Snake Charmers), under the umbrella of USASF’s Exceptional Athlete Division. The goal of this program is to empower individuals with disabilities to participate in cheerleading while developing friendships, independence, confidence, mental focus, and, of course, physical fitness.  This team practice 1 day each week, September through March and attends 2 - 3 local competitions.  There is no specific age requirement for this team. 

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

We Rock the Spectrum NE Philly is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. We Rock the Spectrum NE Philly provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. 

Yogamazia

Richboro, PA

Our Butterfly class is dedicated to our students and families with additional needs. This 45-minute session focuses on releasing tension while helping students keep more mobile and allowing them the safe space they need to discover yoga through their own efforts. Named after the butterfly (a symbol of lightness) and butterfly pose which promotes relaxation and relieves tightness in our lower body. 

*This mixed-age class is geared to those who require a bit more special attention to be able to cope or thrive with their own/family’s needs. This includes physical needs, medical conditions, and cognitive or developmental needs such as, but not limited to, those with Trisomy 21/Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD.

Local Resources and Social Services

pa211.org

If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, PA 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free.

PA Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Coverage.  Whatever the reason, if your child or teen is uninsured and ineligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance, the Children's Health Insurance Program — or CHIP — may be able to help.

Amigos Community Center

AMIGOS was originally created to respond to the needs of the growing Latinx/Hispanic population in Hatboro, Horsham, Warminster, and Warrington, Pennsylvania.  Programs include the Anawim Latino Music School, The Meeting Tent/La Tienda del Encuentro after-school program, GED and adult education in Spanish, bilingual counseling, free immigration clinics, and a support program for newcomer families (10 Families at a Time / Diez Familias A La Vez).

Between Friends Outreach

Between Friends Outreach, Inc., "BFO," is a volunteer, faith based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency. We work with homeless, domestic violence victims, low income, & Veterans in our community. We work one-on-one with clients in Central and Upper Bucks County and Montgomery County by providing resources to prevent homelessness and to assist clients transitioning out of homelessness.

 

Bucks County LIFE

The Bucks County LIFE Program is a countywide program that serves Bucks County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning issues. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with families to offer invaluable support as well as provide information and referral resources. 

Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22

The Bucks County Intermediate Unit operates as a regional educational service agency to provide cost-effective, management-efficient programs to public and private K-12 schools, school districts, and the community of Bucks County. Addressing both traditional and emerging needs, serving as an essential link for learning in Pennsylvania, and as a liaison between local schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  •        Bucks County Resource Directory Spring 2021 Assistive and Supportive Services for Children, Youth, Families, and Other

Bucks County Housing Link

The Housing Link mission is to prevent and end homelessness throughout Bucks County so that all residents have an opportunity to live in safe, affordable housing and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This mission is pursued via a vibrant community collaborative of public, nonprofit, and private organizations who together make up the Housing Link.

 

Bucks County Right to Education Task Force

Provides a public forum that promotes collaboration among parents, educators, community agency professionals to address issues affecting all students receiving Special Education services in order to strengthen and improve programs and supports in Bucks County

Bucks County Opportunity Council

Connecting people with resources to thrive.  BCOC currently operates five programs in Bucks County: a food program, emergency services, home energy program, volunteer income tax assistance and economic self-sufficiency.  BCOC is the lead food agency in Bucks County providing public and privatedonated food to over 60 food pantries and distribution sites.

CHOP Community Resource Database 

https://apps.chop.edu/about/chop-in-the-community/community-resources/crdb.cfm

The CHOP Community Resources database offers families and professionals the opportunity to see what resources for children with disabilities and illnesses are available in the region and, in some instances, across the country.

 

Quality Childcare Coalition of Bucks County

Broadening and bettering early care and education in Buck County.  OIN US. Our children are our future and they deserve the best start in life that our community can offer. Contact Us to learn how you can support quality early learning in Bucks County.

PA Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Coverage.  Whatever the reason, if your child or teen is uninsured and ineligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance, the Children's Health Insurance Program — or CHIP — may be able to help.

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