Recreational/Leisure/Arts Activities & Instruction

Programs that provide classes or individual lessons for people who want to develop an appreciation for or competency in a particular recreational, artistic or leisure-time activity. (AIRS PL-7400)

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RI

Statewide

500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-725-0247
Address:
500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-725-0247
Email: ArtsEquityRI@gmail.com
Eligibility: Opportunities of people with disabilities and professionals
Provider Profiles: Arts Equity, previously VSA Arts RI, is a statewide, nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to actively participate in the arts.
Guidelines:
Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences.
All artists in schools and arts educators should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction.
All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities.
All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/24/2020
Address:
PO Box 130
Barrington, RI 02806
Email: RISpecialHockey@aol.com
Eligibility: Players must be free from any physical or medical condition that could cause them to do harm to themselves or to other participants during participation. The minimum equipment required for the program will be skates (single blade hockey skates) and a hockey helmet with face mask. We have historically found that players who have elbow pads, knee pads, hockey pants (with the standard tail-bone pad) tend to get up smiling when they fall – a great motivator for new skaters!
Services Provided: The GPYHA/RI Special Needs Hockey program offers Learn to Skate/Instructional Hockey for children age 4 to young adult with Down Syndrome, Autism, or any other developmental disability.
[https://www.ri-hockey.org/page/show/1298965-ri-special-hockey]

Ice sessions are held Saturday mornings at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI, starting in late October and ending in March. No previous skating experience is required; enrollment is open throughout the season.

The program is open to any boy or girl who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/8/2019

Barrington, RI

Organization Name: Barrington Public Library
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Address:
281 County Road
Barrington, RI 02806
Phone: 401-247-1920
Email: lisa@barringtonlibrary.org
Eligibility: Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.
Services Provided: An interactive story time program that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities with their favorite adult. Join us for a story, song and sensory exploration in a warm, accommodating environment. Drop-in, registration not required.

Event Location: Westfall Children's Program Room (Second Floor)
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/11/2019

Cranston, RI

1280 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: 401-439-5653
Address:
1280 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: 401-439-5653
Wheelchair Access: yes
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/27/2019

East Providence, RI

Address:
70 Boyd Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Email: matthew_miller1@brown.edu
Services Provided: Group Warm-Up
Hand-Eye Coordination
Volleys
Ground strokes
Group Games
Provider Profiles: Each week participants will work on different fundamentals of the game of tennis. Participants will have an opportunity to increase their social skills through taking turns, working in teams, and following instructions.

We will provide rackets and all equipment. Participants should wear athletic clothing and sneakers and bring water. We ask that parents/caregivers be responsible for assisting with any toileting or self-care if necessary.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/9/2019

Exeter, RI

Organization Name: Exeter Public Library
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Address:
773 Ten Rod Road (Rt 102)
Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: 401-294-4109
Email: youth@exeterpubliclibrary.org
Eligibility: Please call the library and ask to speak to Aimee Fontaine for further details of the program, dates and times.
Services Provided: An interactive storytime program that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, abilities and sensibilities with their favorite adult.
Join us for a book, music and sensory exploration!
No registration is required. If you have any questions or if your child would benefit from a social story before the program, we'll have some at the desk or you can email Miss Aimee at youth@exeterpubliclibrary.org.
We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month from September to May from 1-2pm.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/11/2019

Greenville, RI

Organization Name: Greenville Public Library
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Address:
573 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-949-3630
Email: bwells2012@gmail.com
Eligibility: Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.
Services Provided: An interactive and educational story time that is developed for children with sensory challenges ages 12 and under. Books, music and sensory play. Drop in program, no registration is necessary. See you soon at the library! Please call Babs Wells, Children's Librarian for any questions and for program dates/times.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/20/2019
445 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-232-9800
Address:
445 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-232-9800
Provider Profiles: The Little Gym of Smithfield, our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called Three-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is a conduit for nurturing your whole child. The Three-Dimensional Learning approach to skill development means that every class we offer fosters growth in three holistic dimensions—Brain Boost!, Get Moving! and Citizen Kid!
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/8/2019
24 Lark Industrial D
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-598-6151
Address:
24 Lark Industrial D
Greenville, RI 02828
Phone: 401-598-6151
Email: info@truemusicstudios.com
Services Provided: various types of music lessons
Provider Profiles: Alison is a multi-instrumentalist and exceptionally creative teacher. A Boston Conservatory at Berklee graduate, she has her BA in Vocal Performance and is currently pursuing her MA in Linguistics. Allison has studied and performed music at the national and international level at the Emerging Artists Program in Los Angeles and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She has been a 1:1 private music instructor, 1:1 band rehearsal instructor, 1:3 drum circle instructor, and 1:1 life skills instructor at The MUSE foundation working with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. The MUSE Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in the Boston area with a mission to foster connection among individuals with developmental disabilities, through music. Alison has experience accommodating her music instruction to an array of different disabilities and severity levels.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/20/2019

Harrisville, RI

100 Tinkham Lane
Harrisville, RI 02830
Phone: 401-710-7800
Address:
100 Tinkham Lane
Harrisville, RI 02830
Phone: 401-710-7800
Fax: 401-710-7772
Email: rperron@Burrillville.org
Eligibility: Please call the library children's department for more details.
Services Provided: An interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. Geared for ages 3 and up. Registration is suggested but not required.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Please call the library children's department for more details.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/20/2019

North Providence, RI

1810 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-353-5600
Address:
1810 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-353-5600
Fax: 401-353-1794
Eligibility: Please call the library for program details and for further information
Services Provided: All Ages --An interactive story time program that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities and sensibilities with their favorite adult.

Join us for a book, music and sensory exploration!
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/20/2019

Pawtucket, RI

Organization Name: Pawtucket Public Library
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Address:
13 Summer Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-725-3714 x208
Email: mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org
Eligibility: Please call the children's department for information and program details, dates and times
Services Provided: This is a monthly program for children who are on the
Autistic Spectrum Disorder or other developmental delays. Program
will include picture schedule, songs/rhymes, movement, fun stories and
sensory activities! Great for families looking for a small group. Best for
children ages 3 to 12 year olds, but any child is welcome.
Registration encouraged, but not required. For a social story, please
email mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org or call 401-725-3714 x208
Saturdays, March 30th, April 27th, May 11th & June 22th
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Library Basement Auditorium
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/14/2019

Providence, RI

Address:
115 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-467-0701
Services Provided: AS220 Youth is a free arts education program for young people ages 14-21, with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state. [http://youth.as220.org/join/]
Provider Profiles: AS220 Youth works hard to maintain long-term, supportive relationships with youth transitioning out of the RITS and DCYF care. We offer mentoring, transitional jobs, and financial support to the youth who need it the most.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/29/2018
Address:
769 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-443-2869
Email: info@girlsrockri.org
Eligibility: youth programs from ages 11-17
Services Provided: Girls Rock Classes
After- School programs
Youth Action Council
Girls Rock Camp: is an intensive one-week day camp offered to youth ages 11-17, where campers of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn guitar, bass, drums, vocals, or other instruments. Campers will also form a band, write an original song, and perform at the final Showcase for friends, family, and fans!
Provider Profiles: Girls Rock! Rhode Island is a volunteer-based non-profit that uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empowerment, collaborative relationships, and the development of healthy identities in girls and women.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/10/2019
705 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-751-4556
Address:
705 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-751-4556
Eligibility: If you are a Providence-area high school student, you are eligible to participate in New Urban Arts’ free after-school arts programs. Registration is open year-round.
Services Provided: The Youth Mentorship in the Arts Program, our core program, partners artist-mentors with small groups of low income high school students who develop powerful mentoring relationships through free yearlong after-school program. Students also access the following services:Studio Study Buddies, academic tutors who provide homework help and test preparation.

Vacation Week Workshops taking place during the week-long April school break.

The Gallery and Performance Program including three annual exhibitions of student artwork; exhibitions incorporate performances, fashion shows and the release of student-published poetry and literature. These events are also a formal opportunity for parents to visit the studio.
Provider Profiles: Our free, year-round out-of-school programs promote sustained mentoring relationships between urban high school students and trained artist mentors—who, together, engage in youth leadership, risk taking, collaboration, and self-directed learning.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/10/2019
1 Avenue for the Arts
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-574-3105
Organization Name: Providence Center for Performing Arts
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Address:
1 Avenue for the Arts
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-574-3105
Eligibility: 10-17 Children and youth interested in the performing arts. Scholarships available.
Services Provided: Next Stop BROADWAY® is a week-long performing arts program consisting of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. Participants (“cast members”) learn songs and choreography from two hit shows from the “Golden Age of Broadway” and create their own presentations based on shows in the upcoming PPAC season and other hit musicals. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program includes a mid-week “edu-tainment” segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/20/2019
1911 Westminster
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-525-1822
Address:
1911 Westminster
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-525-1822
Eligibility: Program costs vary and financial assistance may be available
Services Provided: Classes and workshops for teens and adults [http://www.recycleabike.org/#classesworkshops]

Teen summer camp
Internship program with The Met High School
Open shop hours to buy parts, bikes or self repair
Tuesday 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Provider Profiles: Educating, empowering, and building community by connecting people and bicycles
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/6/2019
Organization Name: Spectrum Theatre Ensemble
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Address:
Providence, RI 02903
Services Provided: Productions
Workshops

To contact go to Spectrum Theater Ensemble Facebook page.
Provider Profiles: The Spectrum Theatre Ensemble is a group of theatre artists, both neurotypical and on the autism spectrum, based in Providence, RI.
By producing relevant and high-quality productions and workshops, STE aims to engage both artists and audience to develop social skills, empathy, and understanding, and to spread the message of inclusion all over the world.

[https://spectrumtheatreensemble.com/]
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/5/2019
27 Sims Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-273-7101
Address:
27 Sims Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-273-7101
Email: contact@thesteelyard.org
Services Provided: Weld to Work
Summer Camp
Provider Profiles: Weld to Work is a paid job readiness program designed to widen participants’ employable skills and make participants more eligible for a variety of jobs in local industries. Weld to Work is a one-week structured training that begins with basic shop practice and culminates with the design and fabrication of a public project that is installed in the community. This program introduces participants to proper studio safety practices and basic metalworking, including hand and power tools such as the oxygen-acetylene torch, plasma cutter and MIG welder.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/26/2018
Address:
201 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
Wheelchair Access: The theater is fully wheelchair accessible, with elevator services to the Chace Theater on the second floor. Please see a front of house staff member for assistance.
Services Provided: Theatre Productions
Sensory Friendly performances for each production
Open Captioned performances for each production
Assistive Listening Devices
Children and Teen Programs
Studio Classes
Young Actors Summer Institute
Teen Ambassadors
Youth Internships
Provider Profiles: The Pell Chafee Performance Center, located at 87 Empire St., is home to our Brown/Trinity Rep MFA performances and education programs.

Trinity Rep offers a series of accessible programs and offerings to meet the needs of the theater’s diverse audience. Tickets for open captioned performances and sensory-friendly performances are available for each production every season, and even come in subscription packages.[https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/]
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/5/2018

Warwick, RI

Address:
575 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Services Provided: OPEN 10:00 TO 3:00
ACCESSIBLE RESTROOMS*SWINGS*SLIDES*MINI-GOLF*PICNIC AREAS AND MORE
Last Playground date is
October 22nd
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/3/2017
Address:
110 Jefferson Boulevard
Warwick, RI 02888
Services Provided: A Social development center for children,adolescents and young adults with social challenges.
Groups and drop in clubs are designed to strengthen social emotional learning including self awareness, self management, social decision making and strategic life skills.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/10/2019

West Warwick, RI

1043 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-828-3750
Organization Name: West Warwick Public Library
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Address:
1043 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-828-3750
Eligibility: babies to age 5 with a caregiver. Please call the library and ask for the children's department to verify the program dates/times.
Services Provided: Sensory friendly hands-on activities.
Drop in and play with sensory friendly activities like playdo, blocks, magnet games, sand sensory bottles, balls and more in the Youth Department Program Room.
For children of all abilities, including those with Sensory Processing challenges, ASD and/or other special needs.
Lego time is at 11:00 am on Saturdays in this same room.
Please call the library and ask for Anne for any questions, date/times of the events.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/1/2019

Woonsocket, RI

42 S. Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9675
Address:
42 S. Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9675
Services Provided: See website for additional information as the Museum frequently has programs that are sensory friendly and aimed at all abilities.
Provider Profiles: The Museum of Work & Culture shares the stories of the men, women, and children who came to find a better life in Rhode Island’s mill towns in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Both floors of the Museum are fully wheelchair accessible. We also offer tools & programming for visitors on the autism spectrum
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/8/2018
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9044
Organization Name: Woonsocket Harris Public Library
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Address:
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-769-9044
Email: cgoldstein@woonsocketlibrary.org
Wheelchair Access: yes
Eligibility: Please call 767-4122 and ask for Chris or Beth the children's librarians for any questions and for date/times of the event.
Services Provided: Our sensory exploration programs can be enjoyed by children of all ages, abilities, and sensibilities with their adult caregiver. Listen to stories, sing a song, tell a felt board story, and visit our sensory tables for interactive play. Walk-ins are welcome so long as there is comfortable space in the room for all.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/20/2019

MA

Attleboro, MA

287 Washington Street South
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-399-8445
Address:
287 Washington Street South
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-399-8445
Eligibility: Free but families would need to pay for game tokens and food if wanted.
Services Provided: Chuck E. Cheese’s Attleboro will be opening early from 9am-11am on the first Sunday of every month for all families with children with special needs. Families can enjoy Chuck E. Cheese’s in a sensory-friendly atmosphere with trained staff and low lighting and low noise before they open to the general public.
Contact to confirm.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/11/2019

North Attleboro, MA

19 North Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Address:
19 North Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Services Provided: We are a dance school that services typically developing children as well as having a therapeutic track for children with Autism.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/30/2019

Vineyard Haven, MA

Address:
P.O. Box 1357
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-560-8450
Email: info@campjabberwocky.org
Wheelchair Access: non electric wheelchairs
Eligibility: children through adults
Services Provided: Summer Camp- Campers stay between one and four weeks during which they enjoy activities and classes on campus and out and about in the community of Martha’s Vineyard.
Family Camp-Camp Jabberwocky provides families with a child with disabilities the opportunity to participate in camp for a long weekend at our Family Camp!
Provider Profiles: At Jabberwocky, people with different abilities form the majority in the community. Their needs become priority needs; their concerns become concerns. And in this age, when cultural and individual sense of belonging is waning, a community that works is a light of hope.


The goal and purpose of Family Camp weekend is to share the love and joy of Camp Jabberwocky.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/13/2019

Nationwide

Address:
8 Sandra Court
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Toll Free Phone: 800-634-4351
Email: CustomerService@AccessTR.com
Services Provided: Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation Equipment for the Physically Challenged. Free shipping over $99.
Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 6/3/2019
4899 Belfort Rd #190
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 877-717-6543
Address:
4899 Belfort Rd #190
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 877-717-6543
Toll Free Phone: 888-959-6067
Email: info@ibcces.org
Services Provided: Created to provide families and individuals with easy access to destinations and attractions that are trained and certified in autism and special needs care. Website includes directories of Certified Autism Travel Professionals and Certified Autism Center destinations and resources for traveling with an individual with special needs.
Provided by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and endorsed by the Autism Society.
Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 7/15/2019
2606 Phoenix Drive Suite 810
Greensboro, NC 27406
Phone: 800-628-5687
Address:
2606 Phoenix Drive Suite 810
Greensboro, NC 27406
Phone: 800-628-5687
Toll Free Phone: 800-628-5687
Email: info@kindermusik.com
Eligibility: Children from birth to age 7, Families, and Multi-Age Classes.
Services Provided: Class locator for Kindermusik, providing classes based in musical exploration. Kindermusik focuses on these developmental areas: language, vocal, cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, social emotional, and musical development.
Provider Profiles: National internet-based locator
Source: Help Me Grow Utah via United Way 2-1-1
Last Updated: 1/7/2020
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233
Phone: 210-495-5888
Address:
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233
Phone: 210-495-5888
Toll Free Phone: 877-495-5888
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Eligibility: Free admission for serious, long-term physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, autism (including Asperger syndrome), orthopedic impairment, muscular dystrophy, seizure disorder (including epilepsy), sensory integration disorder, Tourette syndrome, etc.
Services Provided: Morgan's Wonderland is the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park. It began with a desire to re-imagine the possibilities of what an inclusive park could be. It evolved into a safe, colorful, 25-acre park that serves as a haven not only for those with special needs but also for their families, friends, caregivers and the public at large. Morgan’s Wonderland is a place where “kids” of all ages and abilities can have fun, and from the very beginning, it has admitted anyone with a physical or cognitive challenge free of charge.
Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 4/24/2019
735 West 7th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: 541-686-1013
Address:
735 West 7th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: 541-686-1013
Toll Free Phone: 800-686-1013
Fax: 514-465-9355
Wheelchair Access: Full Wheelchair Access
Services Provided: Trips Inc arranges and provides all-inclusive group vacation packages for adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Leisure Activities/Recreation
Traveling Attendants for People With Disabilities
Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 11/27/2019