In Canada, most communities provide inclusive programs for children, youth and adults. There are numerous ways to participate in sports, recreation and the arts. From soccer, dance and theatre to STEM programs, suitable programs may be available in your area.
Many organizations have created socially inclusive programs that are open to people with different abilities like the YMCA, Girl Guides, Scouts and many others. Program information is available through municipalities, sports associations and local communities, please take a look at your local program guides.
If you are looking for a sport, recreation, or arts programs that are disability-specific, here are some national and provincial options:
Special Olympics Canada
For 50 years, Special Olympics Canada has enriched the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability – of all ages and skill levels – through the transformative power of sport. Special Olympics Canada has chapters across Canada with varying programs and opportunities across each province and territory.
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An app that connects children & youth with disabilities to leisure opportunities that are: close to where they are, accessible, suit their need and abilities, match their preferences, can help them develop and participate in society.
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Provincial Inclusive Recreation Programs and Resources
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is here to serve its membership, and anyone who may need access to information and resources about Down syndrome.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our team remains available to serve you via remote operations.
You can reach us toll free in Canada at 800.883.5608 or 403.270.8500, where we ask that you leave a message in our general mailbox, or with a specific team member via the staff directory. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to visit our health resources page which now includes COVID-19 information. COVID-19 resources are also available via social media at the links below. Browse hashtag #T21COVID19 when seeking out resources that are specific to Down syndrome and COVID-19.
We wish you all well and are happy that we are able to stay in touch electronically and by phone. We encourage you to follow the advice of the Government of Canada and local health authorities to stay safe and well during these challenging times.
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