Adapted Sports & Fitness Dances Friendly Track Out Partnerships Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals with Visual Impairments Quest Adult Day Program Social Clubs Summer Camps Swim Lessons
Specialized Recreation Services offers many programs to meet the recreational needs of individuals of all ages with developmental and/or physical disabilities.
By providing lower staff-to-participant ratios and experienced staff, Specialized Recreation Services continues to provide opportunities for individuals to improve their leisure skills and gain new experiences. Through fitness and sports programs, Specialized Recreation Services offers opportunities for participants to develop and maintain skills that will encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle. Participants can learn new skills by participating in cooking, arts and crafts, fishing, and scrapbooking programs.
All participants who register for a Specialized Recreation Program must have a current Participant Information Request Form on file in order to assist staff in better meeting individual needs. These forms are valid for one calendar year.
Adapted Sports & Fitness
Specialized Recreation Services offers adapted sports and fitness opportunities for individuals of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities. For information on what is currently being offered, please check the Specialized Recreation section of the current Leisure Ledger.
For more information, contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services at 919-996-2147.
Join us as we dance the night away! We have music, refreshments, and lots of friends!
There is no pre-registration; $5 cash and a registration form are required at the door.
Chaperones and volunteers will be available to supervise participants. Those participants who need a higher level of supervision or assistance are welcome to attend but must provide their own chaperones. There is no pre-registration; $5 cash and a registration form is required at the door. Parents, workers, and chaperones are admitted for free but must complete the registration form for entry.
Upcoming dances for 2021 will be posted when scheduled!
For information on any of the dances listed above, please contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services at 919-996-2147.
Friendly Track Out
Friendly Track Out is not currently being offered for the 2021–22 school year. Please contact us at SRIS@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2147 to be added to our contact list to receive future program information.
Specialized Recreation Services partners with the following groups to further support and provide program opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families in our community. For more information, please contact the listed group directly or contact us at 919-996-2147 or via email.
Abilities Tennis of North Carolina is a local non-profit organization offering free tennis lessons and competitive opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Experienced volunteers will lead the lessons. Equipment is provided, and all levels of experience are welcome. The program is hosted at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center.
We partner with Cary Academy to offer the Snowflake Ball, a semiformal dance, each January. The proceeds from the Snowflake Ball are donated to Specialized Recreation Services in order to provide scholarships.
The Raleigh Sidewinders Quad Rugby Team is eastern North Carolina's only wheelchair rugby organization and is sponsored by the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association. The program is hosted at Barwell Road Community Center.
The Next Step is a support and resource group that meets the third Saturday of every month at Millbrook Exchange Community Center. Guest speakers form the community help parents and guardians as their adult children with disabilities prepare to move away from home.
Special Olympics Wake County provides year-round sport training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete. Learn more about Special Olympics Wake County.
The Triangle Thunder adult wheelchair basketball team represents the greater Triangle. They provide opportunities for men and women with a variety of disabilities to become involved in the sport of wheelchair basketball. The program is hosted at Barwell Road Community Center.
Triangle Taiko provides free Taiko drumming classes for teens and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Through this program, participants will increase their physical fitness levels while learning the history and art of taiko drumming. The program is hosted at Carolina Pines Community Center.
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Specialized Recreation Services offers a variety of monthly recreational opportunities, specifically designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Programs offered may include sporting events, community outings, trips, bowling, silent suppers, meet-ups, etc. Participants meet twice per year to provide program feedback and provide suggestions for upcoming programs.
For some programs, transportation is provided to and/or from a centralized meeting location. Participants must register and pay in advance. A participation form is required annually for all participants and should be completed and returned to our office prior to participating. Additional forms or waivers may be required, depending on the type of activity.
The Hearing Impaired Program (HIP) flyer is published on a bimonthly basis and contains information on program policies, registration, and details regarding upcoming program opportunities.
To be added to our list to receive the flyer or to update your contact information with us, please contact us at 919-996-2147 or via email.
Individuals with Visual Impairments
The Visually Impaired Program offers a variety of exciting monthly recreational opportunities to individuals with visual impairments.
Quest Adult Day Program
Quest Adult Day Program is open to adults ages 22 years or older with developmental and/or physical disabilities who are interested in daytime recreation, healthy-living activities, and community engagement. This group meets one day per week, and participants are engaged in a variety of activities and community outings focused around monthly themes.
Quest is offered at following locations:
Hours of operation at both locations are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supervised participant-choice activities will be available for arrival and dismissal hours.
Participants must be able to work within a group setting of 1 staff per 6 participants, manage personal care with minimal assistance, and follow basic rules of safety and social interaction. Individuals who require more support may bring a personal assistant to the program. Personal assistant applications are required at least two weeks prior to the first date of each program to ensure processing time.
Participants are welcome to participate in Quest at all locations but must register and pay per location. Monthly registration is required (there is no option for single-day registration), and registration must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the first program date of each month. All participants must have a current Participant Information Request Form on file prior to participating.
For more information, Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services at 919-996-2147.
Our Social Clubs offer three age group–based clubs to provide social opportunities on a monthly basis to those aged 15 and up.
Are you looking for something to do during the summer? Specialized Recreation Services offers summer camps that are sure to keep participants of all ages busy during the summer months!
Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services partners with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Aquatics Program to offer participants of all ages the opportunity to participate in swimming programs, including both private and group swim lessons.