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Recreation & Leisure

Challenged Atheltes foundation

“The mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life…”

SUMMER QUEST CAMP – Register This Week!

Do you know 12-21 year olds needing a safe, fun social “hang-out” this summer?

First, Check Out the Schedule
Then, Register for Summer Camp!

Cooking with Photographs!

Visual Recipes offers instructions on how to cook many delicious meals. Each step comes with a photograph to help you see and read as you go along.

Morgan’s Wonderland: Inclusive Theme Park

Morgan’s Wonderland is a wonderful theme park where “inclusion” is the most important quality, rather than an afterthought. Located in San Antonio, Texas the park was inspired by a young woman with special needs, Morgan Hartman, and is a special place where every attraction is designed to be as accessible as possible.

From the Morgan’s Wonderland website – “Our vision at Morgan’s Wonderland is to establish a special place where smiles and laughter make wonderful memories with family members, caregivers and friends. To build a place where the common element of play creates an atmosphere of inclusion for those with and without disabilities, encouraging and allowing everyone to gain a greater understanding of one another.”

For more information CLICK HERE or go to

U.S. Deaf Sports

“Recognized as the only national athletic association to coordinate the participation of American deaf and hard of hearing individuals in international competitions… [The USA Deaf Sports Federation] provides social outlets for deaf members and their friends; serve as a parent organization of national sports organizations; conduct annual athletic competitions; and assist in the participation of US Teams in international competition.” – From the website. To learn more click here or go to

Autistic Globetrotting

Autistic Globetrotting is a website dedicated to providing travel information to people with autism, or the parents of autistic children. The website covers many different topics including hotels, ethnic dining, shopping, cruise ships, and even an article with tips for taking an autistic child through airport security.

Camp Attitude

Since 2000, Camp Attitude has provided a fun, Christian-based, outdoor environment for children with physical disabilities. The camp is fully equipped with over two-miles of paved trails for easy wheelchair access, an accessible fishing pond, fully accessible bathing facilities and much more. For more information on registering a camper, volunteering, or making donations please click here.

Camp Taloali

Located just 16 miles east of Salem in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Camp Taloali is an inclusive environment for children and young adults, ages 6 to 18, who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The camp offers a huge variety of activities including swimming, archery, arts and crafts, horseback riding, theater and communication, camping and outdoor skills, environmental awareness, and nature study. Founded in 1972, Camp Taloali was the first camp in the Northwest region specifically for children with hearing disabilities and has remained an excellent place for children to interact and make friends with others who share a similar life experience.

Camp Yakety Yak

Camp Yakety Yak is a fun and exciting summer camp for children with special needs. The camp focuses on teaching communication skills in order to stimulate emotional and social growth in children ages 6 to 11. The camp itself is located in Lake Oswego, Oregon and is staffed by professional counselors as well as enthusiastic volunteers who are trained in Speech and Hearing sciences.

Camp Meadowood Springs

Camp Meadowood Springs hosts several different summer camps throughout the year. Each camp focuses on a different topic and is geared towards teaching campers various skills. For example, Adventures in Communication has a specific focus on teaching campers with Autism communications skills, social skills and articulation of thought. Camp Tomodachi is for campers with ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, etc. and is geared towards teaching them social skills through club based activities. And Family Acceptance Camp which is a fun and inclusive retreat for children with ASD and their entire families.

The camping season begins August 5th, so hurry and register!

KindTree – Autism Retreat for Families

This retreat is designed around the needs of those living with autism and their families. Parents and caregivers can bring their autistic loved ones and relax with them over the weekend, knowing that they are in a safe and nurturing environment. Activities provided include Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing, Karaoke, Friday Night DJ Dance, Talent Show, Fabric painting and Fashion Show, Late night outdoor movies, Arts & Crafts, Whiffle Ball, Piñata, and so much more! Volunteers are wanted as well. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 541 505 7285, or email

For more information about enrolling a camper to join in the fun, click here

Eugene Parks and Recreation – Summer Catalogue

This is a brochure for all the adaptive activities offered locally through the city of Eugene, Parks and Recreation Department. This list includes exercise classes for people with various types of disabilities, dance classes, swimming lessons, information on paralympic sports, organized fishing trips, and many more summer activities to beat the heat!

Adaptive Recreation

Adapted/The Horseback Riding- A special collection featuring Oregon based and National resources on adapted/therapeutic horse based recreational programs.

Oregon Resources

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RideAble provides horsemanship instruction for the special needs community in a safe and interactive environment. Essential life skills of each individual are developed and improved through healthy reHealing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has been connecting riders with special needs to horses with special gifts. The riders are diverse. They come from different backgrounds, have different needs and dream different dreams. Some are physically disabled, others mentally challenged. Still others need a way to reconnect with a world that seems to have forgotten them. All are joined by a common experience – the joy of independence, the freedom to fly without wings, the connection of hand to rein, skin to coat, heart to beating heart.creational riding.

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Adaptive Riding Institute in Scotts Mills, OregonAdaptive Riding Institute- The mission of the Adaptive Riding Institute is to improve the lives of special needs children and adults through innovative Equine Assisted Recreational Therapies of the highest quality. Health, Happiness and Healing through Horses promotes wellness, enhances capabilities and fosters independence. Our client-centered programs offer safe and rewarding activities aided by our extraordinary horses, experienced staff and dedicated volunteers.

B.E.A.T. Riding Center, Inc-B.E.A.T. Riding Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to provide physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals an opportunity for emotional and physical growth through horsemanship. BEAT’s home is at Horsin-A-Round Stables 20 miles west of Portland in Banks, Oregon.

Chehalem Mountain Therapy Riding Center Inc (CMTRCI)-The mission of CMTRCI is to improve the lives of persons with special needs through the interaction with horses while fostering a safe, life enhancing, mentally and physically enriching, rewarding experience. Networking community, government, health professonals, and researchers, CMTRCI encourages a team approach of working together to change lives.

Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission is to provide and promote therapeutic riding and recreation in a safe, professional, nurturing environment to the children and adults of the Portland metropolitan area. EnhancinForward strideg the lives and well-being of people in our community including individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

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Forward Stride, a PATH Premier Accredited Therapeutic Equestrian Center, is dedicated to improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Founded in 2003, Forward Stride is the largest therapeutic center of its kind in Oregon.

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Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has been connecting riders with special needs to horses with special gifts. The riders are diverse. They come from different backgrounds, have different needs and dream different dreams. Some are physically disabled, others mentally challenged. Still others need a way to reconnect with a world that seems to have forgotten them. All are joined by a common experience – the joy of independence, the freedom to fly without wings, the connection of hand to rein, skin to coat, heart to beating heart.

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Clover Haven is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing horses and humans together to promote learning, personal growth and healing. We offer therapeutic riding lessons and other programs based in experiential learning in the presence of horses for school-aged children, challenged youth, women’s groups, adults in transition, veterans and the elderly. Working with the horses, participants develop confidence, self-esteem, responsibility, empathy, and a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and their world.

National Resources

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. With nearly 4,500 certified instructors and equine specialists and 850 member centers around the globe, more than 7,500 PATH Intl. members help more than 54,000 children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. In addition to therapeutic riding, our centers offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work and stable management. More recently, programs offer services in human growth and development to serve wide-ranging audiences for such educational purposes as leadership training, team building and other human capacity enhancement skills for the workplace and for daily use.

Sensory Friendly Film Showings

Looking for a sensory friendly theater of film showing? Use these resources to find sensory friendly experiences in your area.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

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In partnership with The Autism Society, we bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to families affected by autism on a monthly basis to select communities.

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!