Agape is a therapeutic riding facility for individuals with special needs. Horseback riding can positively contribute to cognitive, physical, emotional, as well as social well-being though teaching of caring for horses. The lessons are facilitated by PATH certified instructors to inspire growth through interactive and engaging activities with horses.
- Baxter YMCA
As one of many Indianapolis-area YMCA branches, the Baxter YMCA offers a few programs specific to those with disabilities. First, there is the WAVES Adapted Aquatics program, which allows participants to improve swimming skills through positive reinforcement and focusing on individuals’ strengths. Secondly, there is the Adapted Martial Arts program. Children ages 8 and over are welcomed to join this program that emphasizes discipline through traditional martial arts training.
- Bradford Woods
Bradford Woods is a recreation therapy based setting that gives children with disabilities a chance to experience summer camp. While at the camp, the children are able to experience things that include but not limited to canoeing, waterskiing, swimming, archery, basketball, music, high and low ropes courses, as well as horseback riding. The camp aims to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall independence. The camps run through Bradford Woods are:
- Camp Hi-Lite – Down syndrome
- Camp About Face – Craniofacial Anomalies
- Camp Riley 2 – Children 8-18 with physical disabilities needing a 1:2 ratio
- Camp R.O.C.K.S.! – Children 8-18 who are diagnosed with Autism
- CHAMP Camp – Children 6-18 who have tracheostomies and require respiratory assistance
- Kan Du – Children with a cognitive level ranging from 0-48 months who also have a physical disability needing a 1:1 ratio
- HEAR Indiana – Children 6-18 with hearing impairments who utilize a hearing aid or cochlear implants
- Camp Riley 1 – Children 8-18 with physical disabilities needing a 1:1 ratio
- Camp Riley 3 – Children 8-18 with physical disabilities needing a 1:3 ratio
- MDA Camp – Children with muscular dystrophy
- Camp Independence - Children 8-18 with Sickle Cell Anemia and blood disorders
- Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
The Monon Center offers hundreds of programs for all children with disabilities to participate in such as yoga, bowling, swimming, basketball, and many more. The child will participate in a modification evaluation and a staff member will be assigned to work one on one with the child.
- Carmel Dads Club
The Carmel Dads Club has hosted the Special Sports Program for the central Indiana area for the past 31 years. This program welcomes children ages 5 and up that have special needs. Every member of the program gets to experience several different sports, including T-ball, basketball, bowling, tennis, and more. This program also hosts an annual soap box derby for all participants, and gives them the opportunity to ride with professional drivers down soap box hill.
- Cornerstone Pediatric Rehab
The Adventure Club is a program, offered by Cornerstone Pediatric Rehabilitation, which focuses on the development of language/writing skills and communication. This program accepts children ages 6-16, and participants are divided into age groups as deemed appropriate by the specialists. From task-oriented attention to communication and social skills, Cornerstone wants to improve both home life and school life for all Adventure Club members.
- DeVeau’s Gymnastics
DeVeau’s Dynamos is an adapted gymnastics class introducing children with special needs to the world of gymnastics. Children learn new movements to increase their flexibility, balance, strength, power and endurance. Basic gymnastics skills are introduced on the floor exercise (tumbling), bars, balance beam, vault, and trampoline. This is a great social and exercise experience for children with special needs. The coach, Chelsea Mason, has a BS in Physical Education and several years of experience teaching children with varying disabilities.
- Fishers YMCA
The YMCA of Fishers offers adapted programs that are designed to engage children of all ages with mild to moderate special needs. These programs include swimming, dance, and others. These specialized programs serve to enhance independence, socialization, and confidence through physical activity.
- I Can We Can
I Can We Can offers a variety of pediatric therapy opportunities for children, teens, and young adults up to 21 years of age. Aquatic, art, dance and gymnastic therapies, as well as adaptive swim lessons, are offered for individuals with special needs.
- iCan Bike
iCan Bike is a bicycle camp that helps children and adults (ages 8 and up) learn how to ride a bicycle. The program focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and helps to give these individuals higher self-esteem and improved exercise opportunities.
- IUPUI Motor Activity Clinic
The MAC at IUPUI provides affordable physical education opportunities to children with disabilities ages 3-15. Some activities within the clinic include dance, puzzles, group activities, games, bike riding, obstacle courses, ball activities, crafts, and gymnastics.
- Jameson Camp
Located in Indianapolis, the Jameson Camp hosts both a residential camp for ages 7-17 and a day camp for ages 5-12. These camps are accepting and welcoming of children with minor social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Camp counselors are taken through training and the Jameson Camp maintains a high counselor-to-camper ratio in order to adequately monitor and encourage every camper throughout the camp experience. The camp is held on 100 acres of meadows and forest, including camper housing and other buildings.
- Jewish Community Center
Camp JCC is a children’s summer program offered by the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis. Children with special needs are accommodated into this program, and are very much welcomed by the JCC. Every year, each camper’s needs are assessed in order to provide an enjoyable experience with the program that best suits their needs. Included in some of these programs are group sports and games, cookouts, nature exploration, and plenty of time to interact with campers and the fully trained staff. Some scholarships/fee adjustments are available for qualifying camp JCC registrants.
- Joseph Maley Foundation
The Joseph Maley Foundation’s program’s mission is to “serve children of all disabilities.” A multitude of programs are offered in order to accomplish this. Service programs, disability awareness education, athletic programs, leadership opportunities, and scholarships are among the things offered that work towards the goal implementing growth and success in these individuals.
- League of Miracles
Inspired by an ESPN segment in 2008, the League of Miracles was formed to allow those with physical or mental special needs to come together and play baseball. The facility is complete with a field, dugouts, fencing, parking, and much more. There are some pending additions to the facility that are awaiting funding, such as finishing restrooms, concessions, and the recreation center.
- Live, Laugh, Dance
The Live, Laugh, Dance program is a summer program offered through IUPUI for individuals with Down syndrome. Exercise and physical activity are facilitated by creative, rhythmic dancing. Young adults ages 13 and up can build their social relationships and exploited their talents with the help of students and volunteers.
- Monroe County YMCA
Offered at the Monroe County YMCA in Bloomington, Indiana is their summer camp program, Campabilities. This is a full camp experience for children ages 4-15 that may have certain disabilities or challenges. Included in this experience are swimming, games, field trips, and more. The staff of the Campabilities program has been specifically trained to work with children with special needs.
- Optimist Miracle Movers
Optimist Miracle Movers was created to assist children with physical and intellectual disabilities (up to the age of 21 for softball). Through softball, soccer, and swimming, the Optimist Miracle Movers reinforces having fun and building relationships while simultaneously participating in organized sports. Need based scholarships are available to participants.
- Power Kids
A unique program designed for children of all types of physical and cognitive challenges. Power Kids uses the sport of gymnastics to develop greater strength and coordination while practicing social skills. Their mission is to instill confidence, self-esteem, and personal growth with each child.
- Reach High Summer Camp
Reach High Consulting feels that summer is a very crucial time for young children, because so much information and so many skills can be forgotten. This is why they offer a summer camp for ages 2 and above that gives children the opportunity to continue learning and growing amongst other youngsters. Main focuses of this summer camp are social and environmental interactions, giving the kids many opportunities to express themselves and understand their surroundings and their peers. This program is filled with both fun and learning, including trips to the local Wonderlab and water parks.
- Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI)
RHI is a rehabilitation hospital for individuals needing inpatient as well as outpatient. RHI has a sports program for individuals with disabilities. The program is designed to create competitive as well as recreational environments. RHI currently offers wheelchair racing, quad rugby, beep baseball, and wheelchair basketball among many others. Individuals may start at a recreational level and work up to competitive if interested. Along with recreational sports, RHI offers sports clinics such as scuba diving, sailing, rock-climbing, snow skiing, and sled hockey. RHI prides themselves on making adaptations for any individual, regardless of the disability, to participate in activities they did not believe they could previously.
- Rock Steady Boxing
At Rock Steady Boxing, athletes get the opportunity to “fight back” against Parkinson’s disease through non-contact boxing lessons and drills. These lessons and drills focus on several different aspects of neuromuscular function that can be affected by Parkinson’s, such as hand-eye coordination, agility, muscular endurance, and more. Studies have shown that certain types of exercise, including boxing, have been shown to have neuro-protective qualities, slowing the degenerative properties of Parkinson’s. The University of Indianapolis and Butler University are both, respectively, doing work with this topic and have reported improved quality of life from boxing participants.
- Sky Zone
Sky Zone is a wall-to-wall trampoline experience for people of all ages and abilities. On the first Wednesday of each month from 4pm-5pm there is a Sensory Friendly time offered. During the Sensory Friendly time the music is turned down so those with specific noise and audible sensitivities can still enjoy the experience. For those with physical disabilities that use a wheelchair as their primary form of transportation they have “butt bouncing” offered for those who do not typically get the full effect. Individuals of all abilities are welcome. Accommodations will be made for all.
- Special Olympics of Indiana
Located in Indianapolis, the Special Olympics of Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This organization offers activities in more than 20 Olympic sports and it serves more than 11,000 athletes in Indiana. As part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs, this organization aims to develop the skills of all their athletes, as well as helping them realize their full physical and emotional potential.
- Stony Creek Swim Center
Aqua Abilities is an independent, specialized program for students with unique learning differences. Katie Gipson has been teaching for over 15 years and has a passion for students with physical, mental, and emotional differences. Her unique approach to teaching helps all children feel independent and successful. Katie has been a teacher at SCSC for over 15 years and is the founder of Aqua Abilities. She also teaches SCSC classes and is one of our most requested instructors! While her passion is special needs, she is a gifted instructor overall and is often called upon when students need the extra little boost that she is able to provide. Classes are run year-round and each student receives the personalized instruction they need.
- The CLIMB
The CLIMB is a program focused on helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease gain their lives back though physical recovery and prevention. The CLIMB focuses on a relaxed atmosphere for individuals to mentally, physically, and spiritually fight the effects of the disease. They offer programs year round such as Postural Therapy and Balance, Yoga, Dance, Massage Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Weight Training.
- The Park at Traders Point Christian Church
The Park is a large indoor playground open to the community at Traders Point Christian Church. There are many areas of the playground for children such as basketball counts, slides, interactive games, a preschool structure for smaller children, a rock wall, and also an area called the Quiet Zone for those individuals who may be overstimulated from time to time.
- Therapeutic Riding Facilities
Therapeutic riding is an equine assisted activities that assists many individuals with special needs. Equine therapy assists with emotional, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. With the help of side walkers, the child will be able to work on motor and sensory skills such as balance, posture, and coordination.
Therapeutic Riding Center of Steuben County
People and Animal Learning Services
Edelweiss Equine-Assisted Therapy Center, INC
East Central Indiana Therapeutic Riding
Strides to Success
Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding
- Turnstone is the only free standing not-for-profit organization in northeast Indiana that provides a comprehensive continuum of supportive services that addresses the unique needs of people with physical disabilities and their families. The agency is governed by a dynamic board of directors and is known for its highly professional staff of licensed professionals including physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists, fitness specialists, social workers and educators.
- Yoga for Kids on the Spectrum
Located in Zionsville, IN, Yoga for Kinds on the Spectrum is designed for children ages 7-11 who have been diagnosed with Asperger, Autism, or PDD-NOS. This program will address things such as attention, self-regulation, learning, muscle tone, motor planning, and body awareness through yoga and fun.