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Sports:

Alberta Adaptabilities Association

Programs designed to enhance each individual’s recreation and motor and life skills and creative talents. Activities are presented in a positive, structured learning environment and may be adapted to help each person succeed.

Website: http://www.adaptabilities.ca/

Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball Society

Teaches the skills and techniques of playing wheelchair basketball.  This organization is world renowned for their athletes.

Website: http://www.albertanorthernlights.com/

Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (Alberta)

Programs are aimed at instructing individuals with disabilities in the various adapted skiing techniques.

Website: http://www.cadsalberta.ca/main.php

Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta

Website: http://www.dsaalberta.org

Paralympic Sports Association

Programming available throughout the year:
  • Spring programs: Include outdoor soccer, roller-inter-cross (wheelchair version of lacrosse), roller/ sledge hockey and adaptive golf.
  • Summer programs: Brings forth a variety of different daycamps that are accessible for your child and teen.  These camps have different genres but include sports and dance.
  • Fall & Winter programs- Includes indoor soccer, teen and adult group, sledge hockey, wheelchair square dancing and taekwondo
Website: http://www.parasports.net/default.aspx

Special Olympics Edmonton

Special Olympics Edmonton is a non-profit, volunteer based sport organization that provides recreational and competitive opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Website: http://www.specialolympicsedmonton.ca/

Steadward Centre

I-Dance: This a program that includes both disabled and non-disabled people who just love to dance! Uses integrated dance technique to focus on the strengths of each individual dancer.

Website: http://www.steadwardcentre.ualberta.ca/

Free to be Me

Physical education and programming for kids and teens with disabilities

Sportability Alberta CP Sports Association

Programs include Boccia, Soccer, Cycling, Athletics, and swimming.

Website: http://www.ccpsa.ca/en/contactus.aspx

Wheelchair Sports Alberta

Includes Basketball, Sledge Hockey, Athletics, Tennis and Rugby

Website:  http://www.abwheelchairsport.ca/

Wheelchair Curling

Website: http://www.savillesportscentre.ca/curling.aspx?p=curling_home


Other Programs:

Horseback Riding - Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association

This is a non-profit, charitable organization providing recreational horseback riding with therapeutic benefits for children and adults with disabilities. Programs for pre-school aged children (Itty Bits), children aged five and a half to 18 (Little Bits) and adults (Big Bits).

Website: http://www.littlebits.ca/

*If you are considering this make sure to apply quickly. The waiting list can be up to two years long.

SwimAbilities

This community-based, leveled swimming program is geared for children ages 3 to 16, with special needs, who need additional support to achieve their beginning swimmer goals and to increase their safety, independence, and enjoyment in and around the water.

Website: http://swimabilities.ca/

Kindermusik

This program offers music, art, drama, and dance programs for children 1 ½ to 7 years old.

Website: http://www.kindermusik.com

Mall Walking Programs

A Parent, “I started taking my son walking with the mall walkers at Londonderry Mall and we enjoy it so much. In the winter I bring his adapted tricycle and his walker. The older mall walkers are so supportive, cheering him on and always offer such warm optimistic comments that make you feel great. Check out what your local mall has and if your child has an adaptive bike, get approval from the mall prior to going to save yourself any hassles. Definitely one of the best things I have done and it is free!”

Dreamnight at the Zoo

This is usually the first friday in June and there is no cost - everything is free to families with children who are chronically ill or have disabilities. Register in May by phoning 780-496-2982 or visit the
Website at http://www.edmonton.ca and click on the recreational program link under most requested services.

Monday Morning Magic- K-Days

This a free morning without the crowds to enjoy the K-days experience for families of chronically ill or disabled children and siblings over the age of three.

Phone: 780-471-7189

Edmonton Bike Program

The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society along with a number of other partnering organizations helps to sponsor two cycling initiatives for children with disabilities:
  • You Can Ride Two is a free, community run program that aims to get children riding a two-wheeled bicycle. Children must be able to pedal, steer and stop an adapted bicycle and have a referral from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or adapted physical-education consultant.
To register for You Can Ride Two, please contact John at 780-433-1270
  • You Can Bike Too is an adapted bicycle loan pool that lends out modified or specialty bicycles to children with a variety of special needs. Parents pay a deposit which is returned (minus any repair costs) when the bicycle is returned. Loan periods range from 2 days to 1 year.
For more information on either program, please visit Website: http://www.youcanridetwo.ca


Out of Town Adventures

William Watson Lodge

Situated in Peter Loughhead Park, Kananaskis Country. Provides year round accommodations for Albertans with disabilities and seniors over the age of 65. There are wheelchair accessible cottages and wheelchair accessible trails. For reservations, phone 403-591-7227. Fees are very reasonably priced.

Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre

This organization is near the mountains but offers accessible fun for families and individuals including Kayaking.

Camp He Ho Ha

Camp He Ho Ha provides recreational opportunities not only for children with disabilities, but also for adults of all ages with every type and degree of disabilities.

Website: http://www.camphehoha.com/

CPAA Vacation Villa- Vacation Without Limits

This is a program run by the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta. The fully accessible vacation home is located in Raymond Shores resort by Gull Lake. It is available to members and non-members.

Phone: Toll free 1-800-363-2807 or (403) 543-1161

Easter Seals Camp Horizon

This is a residential camping program for children with diabetes, kidney impairments, ostomies, burn survivors and their siblings. They are proud to offer Alberta’s only Christmas Camp for adults with physical and developmental disabilities and their Ostomy Camp is the only one of its kind in Canada.
They specialize in outdoor and adventure based programs for youth and adults with special needs including serious illness and developmental and physical disabilities.

Website: http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/Index.aspx


Travel at a Discounted Rate….

Disability Travel Cards

Provides identification allowing adult attendants to travel with people that have permanent disabilities at no cost on participating Canadian coach operators or Via Rail. The person with a disability that's accompanied by an adult attendant then travels at a reduced fare.

Easter Seals Canada and its members and/or affiliates are authorized to approve reduced fare tickets. Website: http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/site/OurPrograms/DisabilityTravelCards.aspx

Did You Know....

All the Disneyland, Disneyworld Theme, and Lego-land parks are super accommodating to families with children with disabilities. Visit guest relations at the entrance and they are more than willing to offer you a fast pass for all rides. You can also use your stroller as a wheelchair taking it directly to and from the ride. Thanks Disney for making the Magic Kingdom a bit more magical for everyone!