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Specialized Recreation Services

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Specialized Recreation Services offers many community-based recreational programs, designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals of all ages with developmental and/or physical disabilities.

Specialized Recreation Services provides lower staff-to-participant ratios and experienced staff, to best provide a variety of recreational opportunities for individuals to improve their leisure skills and gain new experiences. 

Check out a list of upcoming 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.

For more information, contact Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services  at 919-996-2147.


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.

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.

Register online via RecLink.

For more information, Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services at 919-996-2147.

Summer Camps

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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!

Learn more about summer camps.

Adaptive Aquatics

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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.

Learn more about swim lessons.

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