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Special Needs – Recreation

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Abrakadoodle Art Education

9606 Deerco Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Pat Lakatta

[email protected]

Fun, inspiring, educational classes, field trips and special events. Studio and school based programs are available.

Phone: 410-561-9220

Access-Ability Sailing, Downtown Sailing Center

1425 Key Highway, Suite 110
Baltimore, MD 21230
Lynn Handy

[email protected]

Offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to sail one or two Saturdays each month from April-August.

Phone: 410-727-0722

Adapted Karate, Baltimore Martial Arts Academy

6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Gary Berger

[email protected]

Program for physically and/or intellectually/emotionally challenged children. Each student is evaluated for his or her specific situation.

Phone: 410-465-7799

Allied Sports, Baltimore County Office of Athletics, Baltimore County Public Schools

105 West Chesapeake Ave, Lower Level
Towson, MD 21204
Brad Kressman

[email protected]

Interscholastic high school inclusive sports program offering soccer, bowling, and softball.

Phone: 410-887-2328

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Adaptive Recreation

1 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Wendy Scarborough

[email protected]

Variety of sports, fitness, and recreation programs, including therapeutic riding, swim programs, soccer, lacrosse, Challenger Baseball, creative activities, and a teen club for youth with developmental delays.

Phone: 410-222-7313

Annie's Playground

864 Smith Lane
Fallston, MD 21047
Mike Getz

[email protected]

Partially/fully handicap accessible. Harford County Park & Recreations, Edgeley Grove Farm

Phone: 410-638-3559

ASPIRE Program (Adaptive Sports Program Inspiring Kids to Reach Excellence)

Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Council, 7201 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21219
Tim Dodge

[email protected]

An adaptive sports program for ages 6-18.

Phone: 410-887-7529

Augmenting Ability

260 Gateway Drive, Suite 7-8A
Bel Air, MD 21014
Melissa Ward

[email protected]

Group & Individual Music Therapy and adapted music lessons through private clinic in Bel Air and contracted locations in Westminster, Pikesville, and Lutherville.

Phone: 717-968-8001

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports

P.O. Box 631
Parkton, MD 21120
Pamela Lehnert

[email protected]

A non-profit organization (501(c)3) created to provide recreation and sports programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Included but not limited to bowling, skiing, cycling, kayaking, and more.

Phone: 478-BARS-FUN

Baltimore Area Special Hockey

Reisterstown Sportsplex, PO Box 42793
Towson, MD 21284
Teresa and Jim Zinkhan

[email protected]

Ice hockey for both children and adults with a traumatic brain injury or intellectual disability such as autism and Down syndrome.

Phone: 410-661-0070

Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services

9831 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21930
Karen Volz

[email protected]

Adaptive sports, golf, summer camps, performing arts including The Sky is the Limit Community Theatre, gardening, horticulture therapy, social dances, theraputic riding, swimming, bowling. Publishes Leisure Resources News.

Phone: 410-887-5370, TTY: 410-887-5319

Blue Dragon Taekwondo & Hapkido Center

2183 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Han Young Kim

[email protected]

Ages 4+. Work with ADHD and ADD children.

Phone: 410-561-3553

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB)

177 Defense Highway, Ste. 9
Annapolis, MD 21401
Sarah Winchester

[email protected]

Dedicated to bringing the thrill and freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities and their families. Sailing on CRAB sailboats takes place at Sandy Point State Park Marina.

Phone: 410-266-5722

Discovery Program, Y of Central Maryland, Towson Branch

600 West Chesapeake Ave
Towson, MD 21204
Sean Davis

[email protected]

Social and motor skills, self-image, and physical education for ages 9 and up. Participants need to be ambulatory and toilet-trained. Participation contingent on instructor approval.

Phone: 410-823-8870

Eden Mill Nature Center

1617 Eden Mill Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
Valarie Klein

[email protected]

Accessible canoe/kayak launch, Free. 5 Miles of trails and nature center.

Phone: 410-836-3050

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Jennifer Gibbs-Keith

[email protected]

Serves all girls ages 5-17, including those with special needs. Volunteer opportunities for adults.

Phone: 410-358-9711, 800-492-2521, 410-358-9919 (TDD)

Goldfish Swim School - Columbia

9315 Snowden River Parkway, Suite A
Columbia, MD 21046
Suzannah Zachos

[email protected]

Premier learn-to-swim facility specializing in swim lessons for children 4-months to 12 years of age, all levels, all abilities! 90-degree water and small teacher to student ratios. Classes meet for 30-minutes once a week on a family friendly schedule!

Phone: 410-421-7185

Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Office

702 N. Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Kathy Burley

[email protected]

Bingo, bowling Staccatos, Kids’ Klub, Camp I Can, dances, movies, and more. Contact information is also available regarding Special Olympics – Harford County.

Phone: Bel Air, 410-638-4899, TTY users, call Maryland Relay at 711

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Susan Potts

[email protected]

Offers a wide variety of activities for individuals of all ages. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing community recreational and leisure opportunities and promoting lifelong skills. We want you to Choose Your Fun!

Phone: 410-313-7275

Hubalek Studio of Music - Piano and Voice Lessons

Catonsville, MD 21228
Shirley Hubalek

[email protected]

Shirley Hubalek, professional pianist, organist, and vocalist. Children with learning disabilities welcome. Multi-sensory program.

Phone: 410-719-6790

I Can Do It Too, Inc., Rebounders Gymnastics

7 A West Aylesbury Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Jill Szymkiewicz

[email protected]

Sensory/motor/gymnastics program for children all ages with any minimal to severe physical, mental, emotional, social, language, and/or sensory challenges.

Phone: 410-252-3374 x112

International School of Protocol (The)

100 West Road, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204
Cathleen Hanson

[email protected]

Programs for children and adults with special needs focuses upon developing skills to encourage and reinforce appropriate social etiquette and communication skills.

Phone: 410-832-7555

Interscholastic Unified Sports, Special Olympics of Maryland

3701 Commerce Dr., Suite 103
Baltimore, MD 21227
Melissa Anger

[email protected]

For higher ability athletes of all ages, from youth to adults. Promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

Phone: 800-541-7544, TTY: 410-789-4013

Karina Association

Mays Chapel UM Church - 11911 Jenifer Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Heidi Diliberto

[email protected]

Expressive arts therapy program to enjoy art, dance, music, and drum therapy. For ages 12 plus and young adults.

Phone: 443-928-0542

KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Greater DC

P.O. Box 341590
Bethesda, MD 20827
Beth Wenger

[email protected]

A nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities in Greater Baltimore and Washington DC.

Phone: 301-770-3200

Kennedy Krieger Physically Challenged Sports Program

Greenspring Campus of Kennedy Krieger Institute, 3825 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Gerry Herman

[email protected]

Provides therapeutic sports and recreational programs including motor development, fitness and/or swimming, wheelchair football, floor hockey, basketball, ambulatory sports, table tennis, tennis, track & field, baseball, golf, and more. Open to ages 2-21.

Phone: 443-923-9200, 800-873-3377


5024 Campbell Blvd., Suite K
Nottingham, MD 21236
Miss Debbie

[email protected]

Multi-sensory program to strengthen language, emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.

Phone: 443-928-9410

Kinetics Dance Theater

3280 Pine Orchard Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Becca Sigmund

[email protected]

A contemporary dance school offering classes to all ages and abilities including adult classes.

Phone: 410-480-1686

Lake Waterford Park, Adaptive Facility

Pasadena, MD
Donna Liberto

[email protected]

Universally accessible boundless playground. The adaptive recreation baseball field, Freedom Field, includes a multipurpose field overlay, which is covered with a rubberized, wheelchair accessible surface. All sensory trail for all abilities.

Phone: 410-222-7313, 410-222-7300

Level Dance Productions

1572 Whitehall Road
Annapolis, MD 21409
Barbara Martin

[email protected]

Weekly program designed for children with different abilities.

Phone: 410-349-3100


60 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Jolene Farmer

[email protected]

Sociabilities social skills groups and family counseling for children and their parents.

Phone: 410-788-5483

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

580 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
Richard Allen

[email protected]

Provides links to an alphabetical listing of state public lands that provide accessible amenities and accessible outdoor recreational opportunities on public lands, listed by activity.

Phone: 410-260-8058, (TTY users, call Maryland Relay at 711)

Maryland Ravens, Inc. Disability Awareness Program

1413 Glendale Road
Baltimore, MD 21239
Eddie Diggs

[email protected]

Offers activities, such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, and youth/school outreach programs for the physically challenged that help build self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, and self-motivation.

Phone: 410-825-5359

Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

1141 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032
Kelly Rodgers

[email protected]

Provides equine-assisted activities to individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Programs include Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy.

Phone: 410-923-6800, ticket/event line 410-923-6800

Music Together Of Catonsville

110 N. Beechwood Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Melissa Pound

[email protected]

A research-based program helping develop a child’s musicality in a family-based, fun way.

Phone: 410-615-4369

National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Jennifer Hamilton

[email protected]

Special needs services and programs including express entry and early entry, special visit times on select dates, assistive listening devices, Touch Bags, a Braille tour of the main aquarium and Deaf Awareness Days.

Phone: 410-659-4291

Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center

303 International Circle, Suite 110
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Neal Lichter

[email protected]

Offers a caring, knowledgeable staff person to take calls and respond to email inquiries and an online, searchable database with information on services and programs throughout Maryland. Also offering an onsite resource library.

Help Line 866-806-8400, 443-330-5341

Port Discovery, Discovery Days

35 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Kristie Gulick

[email protected]

Special days for children with special needs to explore the museum in a quieter, calmer environment.

Phone: 410-864-2664

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

8670 Wolff Ct., Suite 210
Westminster, CO 80031
Cher Smith

[email protected]

Information on PATH Intl. centers, instructors and therapeutic riding. Uses accreditation and certification to improve the professionalism of the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.

Phone: 800-369-RIDE (7433)

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School

PO Box 156
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Joan Marie Twining
[email protected]

Special Needs Categories: Special Education
Health and Wellness
Pre-Vocational Skill Development
Caregiver Respite

Grades: Pre-K and up
Ages: 2 and up
Setting: Farm-based environment

ROSES offers equine-facilitated learning programs for individuals with special needs and their caregivers. ROSES is a Baltimore County Public School-approved site for student service learning projects. We partner with colleges and universities to provide internships, fieldwork placements, and residencies. Remediation for at-risk students, and merit badge workshops for scouts can also be arranged, as well as respite programs for caregivers.

While the content of our programs focuses on horses, the benefits of involvement reach well beyond the barn. Parents and participants report positive growth in the areas of self-esteem and social interaction, emotional and psychological well-being, physical confidence and stability, as well as improvements in academic achievement, work-skills development, and family/community-based relationships.

Sensory Swim

7519 Lawrence Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
Andrew Hahn


Lessons for special needs children and adults. Locations in Belair and Lutherville.

Phone: 443-500-6894

Sky Zone Timonium

23 W. Aylesbury Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Melissa Zaba

[email protected]

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.
Every third Monday of the month from 6pm to 8pm.

60 Minutes of Jump Time for $12.00

Phone: 410-842-1661

The Arc Maryland

130 Lubrano Drive, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
Lisa Chandler

[email protected]

The largest statewide advocacy organization assisting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland. Online Resource Directory. Ten local chapters.

Phone: 410-571-9320

Walters Art Museum, Sensory Morning (The)

600 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Amanda Kodeck

[email protected]

A morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for families of children with sensory processing disorders. Enjoy the collection of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours.

Phone: 410-547-9000, ext. 325


1346 Brenda Road
Severn, MD 21144
Skip Zinck

[email protected]

Organizes children’s fishing days in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. for children with special needs, including life-threatening illnesses and physical or learning disabilities, and their families.

Phone: 410-551-5024