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NY State Recreation Resources for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities
From Rochester, Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo, and NYC region

This listing represents the response to an initial request for information on programs that these members knew of in their region of NY State. We encourage NYPTA members to contact the New York state representative to the Pediatrics section, Kathleen M. Buccieri, PT, DPT, MS, PCS, at kbuccieri@ithaca.edu, if they know of additional high quality exercise and recreation programs for children and youths with disabilities. Let’s build the list! And let’s promote physical activity for children and teens with physical disabilities.



  • The YMCA is a not for profit organization, and therefore cannot deny membership based on ability to pay. Access to all is in their organizational charter. As care providers and advocates, we can remind adolescents and families of the YMCA as an available resource for physical activity options.
  • YMCA's offer sessions with personal trainers for members. This may be a consideration for transitioning teens with SB - will need to look for feedback on how accessible, individualized, and generally welcoming those sessions are in a variety of communities.

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Therapeutic riding centers in NY State

  • North American Riding for the Handicapped
    More traditionally considered for children with CP, but programs would still address strength, endurance, posture, and endurance goals for children and teens with SB.

Skiing Programs - NY State



SABAH - Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped - Rochester and Buffalo

SABAH provides weekly adaptive ice skating lessons, adaptive skating equipment, intense volunteer support, and the opportunity to perform in an annual skating spectacular. SABAH uses teaching strategies specific to the needs of those with disabilities with our specialized assistive ice skating equipment, to enable skaters with disabilities to develop skating capabilities. Our skaters improve their balance, coordination, endurance, and strength, learn self-discipline.


Central New York

Adaptive Sports Foundation

The Adaptive Sports Foundation's mission is to provide four season sports instruction and recreational activities for individuals with special needs that enhance the participant's self esteem and independence and to provide training to those associated with the student that enables them all to independently enjoy the recreational environment.

Western New York

Recreation and Leisure Services Directory

A directory compiled by the Recreation Subcommittee of DDAWNY (Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY).
Phone #716/877-7007



Rochester Rookies - sponsored by Easter Seals ….

Team purpose statement is "The Rochester Rookies is a junior wheelchair sports program dedicated to enhancing the quality of children's lives by teaching athletic skills, fostering independence, building character and helping families realize their child's full potential through programs, advocacy and services". These include field events, club and softball toss, discus, shot put and javelin. Track competition, slalom (wheelchair obstacle course), swimming and weight training are also included. Children with physical disabilities, 7-21 years of age participate in the program.

Founded in 1976 by Paralympic Gold Medalist, JoAnn Armstrong of Hilton, the team is a junior affiliate of Wheelchair Sports USA. Athletes compete at a local, regional, national and world level.

Jo Ann Armstrong. Founder and Director
Phone: (585)392-7182

Sports Net - Rochester

Program offered through Rochester Rehabilitation
Programs include sled hockey, out-rigger canoeing, power soccer, and adapted golf, among many others.

Advocacy Center - Rochester

Database of inclusive recreational programs for kids with physical disabilities in Monroe County (Rochester region). May be predominantly resources for younger children


Syracuse/ Utica

The Ultimate Goal Soccer Program

The Ultimate Goal Soccer Program in Marcellus, NY (east of Auburn, northeast of Skaneatlelas, southwest of Syracuse) sponsors a soccer program. The website is www.ultimategoalonline.com (Under soccer/clinics)

"Just for Kicks" and The Ultimate Goal Presents a Developmental Soccer Program for Children with Disabilities. The program was founded by Tom Moran. This camp provides the participants with skills and knowledge needed to participate in recreational or competitive soccer programs.

Ages: 3 - 15 Boys & Girls (Divided into age groups)
Location: The Ultimate Goal facility in Marcellus
Cost: $65 per session or camp

Spring 2005 Session: Sundays, March 6th - April 17th (no class 3/27), 2:30- 3:30 pm
Spring/Summer 2005 Session: Sundays, May 1st - June 12th (no class 5/29), 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Summer Camp 2005: Sunday - Thursday, July 10th - 14th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Arise at the Farm, Chittenango

Programs include horseback riding, bike trails (foot and hand pedaled bikes), and Ropes course - accessible to all.

Long Branch Park

Joe Treglia reported that hand bikes are available at Long Branch Park, along the shoreline of Onondaga Lake.


Associated Therapies of Bayside

A ballet program for physically challenged children ages 3-6 designed and run by a pediatric physical therapist. Children attending the program have physical disabilities which would preclude their participation in other programs. Local high school students volunteer as assistants thus allowing each ballerina to have a 1:1 helper. The class is held weekly from September through May, culminating with a mid May recital.

For information contact: Joann Ferrara, PT 718 428 2600



Achilles Track Club

42 W. 38 St. 4 th floor
NY, NY 10018
Achilles Kids
Karen Lewis

The Metropolitan Museum

New York City
Access Programs and Services for Young Visitors with Disabilities
1-212-879-5500 X 3561
TTY 212-570-3828

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.

Camp Fair put on by Resources for Children with Special Needs, generally in the winter, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, at the corner of 60th and Columbus, NYC. The RCSN puts out a book on program resources.

Mailing address:
116 E. 16th St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-677-4650

email: info@resourcesnyc.org
Searchable web site: http://www.resourcesnycdatabase.org/

Wheelchair Dancesport USA Association

Wheelchair dancing unites music with movement, allowing dancers to express their emotions and the way they experience the music in the way that they move.

Rubin Zakiryanov
CEO / President
Wheelchair Dancesport USA Association
340 West 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone/Fax: 212 245 0004
Email: wdsportusa@hotmail.com

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