Social and Leisure Activities for People with Disabilities


Social and Leisure Activities for People with Disabilities

Fairfax County offers a variety of leisure programs and services, including classes, workshops, social outings, and fitness and exercise facilities.

Fairfax County Park Authority’s Recreation Services for Customers with Disabilities provide resources for customers with disabilities to participate in camps and classes with the support of trained staff. Also offers adapted gymnastics, adapted aquatics, and adapted leisure programs.  

Fairfax County Public Library’s Access Services provide books in alternative formats to people who are blind or have low vision; delivers books to readers who cannot visit a local library; and educates about assistive technology and equipment.

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to develop the skills that enable them to participate in the recreation and leisure programs of their choice. Staff also provides support and advocacy to individuals who wish to participate in general recreation activities.

In addition to the Fairfax County programs, there are many community-based social and recreational programs that collectively offer a wide assortment of activities for people with disabilities.

Athletics/Fitness

Children’s Adaptive Team Sports (C.A.T.S) is a sports league for children with developmental disabilities.

Fairfax Falcons Paralympic Sports provide adolescents with physical disabilities under the age of 22 with a wide variety of sports experiences, teamwork, social skills, and fitness skills.

Herndon Optimist Youth Baseball Buddy Ball League pairs children with disabilities between the ages of 6-15 with a trained volunteer. The program combines elements of tee ball, coach-pitch, and kid-pitch to accommodate children of varying skill levels.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) runs a sports program for children and young adults with disabilities by pairing them on a one-to-one basis with trained volunteers for fun and non-competitive activities.

iCAN Shine is an after-school bike training for FCPS students with disabilities who want to learn how to ride a bike.

JPMF Splash! is a water skills and safety program that teaches individuals with disabilities to be safe and have fun in the water.

Northern Virginia Power Soccer is a soccer program for youth and adults who use power chairs.

NOVA Cool Cats Special Hockey is an ice hockey program for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Special Olympics Virginia offers sports training and athletic competition opportunities to individuals ages 8 and up who have an intellectual or developmental disability. 

Springfield Challenger Baseball is a division of West Springfield Little League for children with disabilities ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school

TOPSoccer is a soccer program for individuals with disabilities. There are programs in Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Chantilly, McLean, Reston, and Vienna.   

Vienna Little League Challenger Program is a baseball league for children with disabilities ages 5 and older.  

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports offers adaptive skiing and snowboarding for individuals with disabilities.

Arts

ArtStream is an art and theater program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Horseback Riding

LiftMeUp! is a therapeutic riding program for individuals with disabilities.

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program provides equine-assisted activities for children and adults with disabilities.

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center provides equine-assisted therapy to individuals with disabilities.

Hunting and Fishing

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provides people with disabilities with a lifetime hunting license and fishing license.

NRA Disabled Shooting Services offer services that enable people with physical disabilities to enjoy a variety of shooting activities, including competitive events and hunting.

Social

Eddie’s Club provides a recreation and social program for individuals with disabilities between the ages 4-35.

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) has two programs that contribute to empowering people with disabilities to live independently. ENDependents is a social group that meets monthly for pizza at ECNV, and TGIF is a gathering of both people with and without disabilities for socializing on the first Friday of every month.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia offers programs for individuals with disabilities, including social skills classes, a book club, social clubs, and programs and classes.

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) offers social groups and social skills training for individuals with disabilities.


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