CheerVIBE


CheerAbilities, special needs team, provides athletes the opportunity to compete in their own division along-side their peers at all-stars cheerleading venues. They perform an all-star routine just like any other team, choreographed with stunting, tumbling and dance. Practices are held Wednesday nights from 5:30PM -6:30PM. Open to both boys and girls ages 6-18.

Phone:
(814) 923-3426
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Chuckie E. Cheese Sensory Friendly Mornings


Chuck E. Cheese's is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

Phone:
(814) 864-3100
Website:
Serving:

College for Kids – Penn State Behrend


Penn State – College for Kids is a summer enrichment program that offers a diverse selection of one-week, age-appropriate classes for Children and teenagers from 6 through 14 years of age. The program offers classes Monday through Friday from 9:00a – 12:00p, and from 1:00p-4:00p., or all-day from 9:00a-4:00p with optional morning and afternoon care available. *College for kids is not special needs specific*

Phone:
(814) 898-6871
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience -EASE (Bayfront Maritime Center-BMC)


BMC started adaptive sailing in 2000, and the EASE program became established in 2001. This is the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. It serves the entire tri-state region. Thank you to the more than 20 dedicated EASE volunteers who organize, schedule, staff, and sail all day with the sailors, while parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers share in their experience while aboard the escort vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT.

Phone:
(814) 456-4077
Website:
Serving:
Pennsylvania

Erie Gymnastics Center


EGC Loves ALL Children! We believe it is important for ALL Children to maintain Physical Fitness, learn Healthy Habits, and have Fun! EGC’s Special Needs classes help children with a variety of Physical or Mental Challenges have fun and learn through Gymnastics. For many students with Physical or Mental Handicaps, we ‘main-stream’ them into our regular class schedule. For those who need a little more attention, we offer our Autism & Special Needs Classes.

Phone:
(814) 898-2936
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Erie Zoo-Amazing Animals-Classes for adults with special needs


The Erie Zoo will be offering 2018 animal classes for adults with special needs. Students will gather once a month for 45 minutes and will meet 4 animals up close and personal at each class. An aide is included in the cost of $8. 2018 sessions are April 20th -10-10:45am, May 26th -1-1:45pm, June 8th 10-10:45am, July 14th-1-1:45pm and August 17th -1-1:45pm.

Phone:
814-864-4091
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum


The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is excited to announce new Sensory Friendly Playtimes. Sensory Friendly Playtime will happen on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9am-10am. These times will be exclusive events that are free for children diagnosed with sensory processing disorders and one caretaker.

The playtimes are designed to allow children to have fun and enjoyable learning experience in a comfortable environment.

Phone:
(814) 453-3743
Contact:
Ainslie Brosig
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Get Air-A Special Time Just For You


Get Air offer a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs on Saturday mornings from 8AM to 10 AM. Music is played at a lower volume and the park's atmosphere is calmer. One parent or guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Siblings of jumpers are welcome to jump for the same price but should be more careful during this time. Big Air-$14 Little Air-$10
*A Special Time Just For You is not available during blackout dates or holidays.

Phone:
(814) 377-0232
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Gliding Stars (Adaptive Ice-Skating Program)


The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice in their own local community, culminating in the demonstration of those skills publicly in an end-of-season on-ice choreographed performance, which itself serves as a source of motivation, teamwork, increased self-esteem and the ‘magic’ that results from transcending one’s barriers in order to accomplish one’s dreams.

Phone:
(814) 825-5555
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Happy Feet Dance Club


This class embraces movement and music for the differently-abled. Led by a volunteer instructor, Happy Feet is appropriately titled-from the moment the class begins, until it ends, the room is full of happiness. Class participants are welcome to bring support partners to class. Ages 18 and up. Free and open to the community

Phone:
(814) 881-2959
Contact:
Joy Wango
Website:
Email:
happyfeetaredancing@gmail.com

Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastics Academy


Special needs & Autistc classes are designed to better meet the needs of a student who is needing extra assistance and attention due to a mental or physical challenge in their bodies. Instructors are trained in a variety of teaching techniques and tools specifically for those with special needs. All of the apparatus will be taught within these classes including; vault, bars, balance beam, rings, tumbling, and trampoline. Strength, flexibility, coordination, fine and gross motor skills are a part of the weekly class curriculum. The instructor will challenge and encourage students weekly within a positive environment.

Phone:
(814) 864-9363
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

LeBoeuf Little League Challengers


Challengers enables boys and girls with special needs, age 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Phone:
Heather Johnston (814) 460-1345
Phone:
Matthew Johnson (814) 464-4765
Email:
flbchallengers@yahoo.com
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

MECA Baseball


Adaptive baseball for all ages with any disability.
**There is no age limit for children or adult with any disability to participate**

Phone:
(814) 454-9113 ext. 4
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Millcreek (MYAA) Challenger Division


Challengers enables boys and girls with special needs, age 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Phone:
(814) 833-3298
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

North East Little League Challengers


North East Little League is proud to offer Challenger, a special division that enables people ages 4 to 21 with a physical, mental or other disability to play ball at their own level in a fun, safe, inclusive atmosphere.

During each game, we invite players from other NELL teams to serve as buddies to Challenger players. These role models help teach basic skills and play side-by-side with Challenger boys and girls in a fun game with no outs, no strikes. Because making friends is an important part of this experience, we invite players and volunteers to stay after the game for a snack.

Phone:
(814) 240-8507
Email:
Jennifer Smith at wordsmithcreations@gmail.com
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Special Olympics PA, Erie County


Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people throughout the world face, especially people with intellectual disabilities.

Phone:
(800) 235-9058
Website:
Serving:
Pennsylvania

Spectrum Soccer Class


Recommended for children with sensory needs, social needs, and children on the autism spectrum. This class uses soccer as a fun way of working on social skills, self-esteem, positive peer interaction, and gross motor skills. Parents can watch and enjoy the sessions for the balcony overlooking the field.

Contact:
Jamie Matson
Phone:
(814) 434-3350
Email:
jamie@323athletics.com
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

Spotlight Dance Studio-The Spotlight Shining Stars


A Dance Program Designed for Special Needs Dancers. First class begins Saturday, October 6th. Dance classes will take place every other
week.

Phone:
814-836-7837
Serving:
Erie County

TOPS Basketball – Penn State Behrend


TOPS Basketball is a community-based program that gives special needs children a fun, rich environment at the Penn State Behrend Junker Center. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have worked side-by-side to promote good health, awareness and basic basketball skills that child participants carry with them throughout the year. The program’s goal is to pair a child with at least one student-athlete for three weeks to participate in activities such as ball handling, shooting, passing or the occasional fun run around the gym.
TOPSBasketball is held in the fall of each year. Registration begins in August.

Contact:
Dave Niland, Head Coach
Phone:
(814) 898-6398
Serving:
Erie County

TOPSoccer – Penn State Behrend


TOPSoccer is a community-based program that gives special needs children from northwestern Pennsylvania an opportunity to participate with the Penn State Behrend student-athletes to build lifelong friendships while developing soccer skills children may carry with them throughout the summer.

The program, in partnership with Behrend athletics and student-body, promotes good health, awareness and basic soccer skills to the community’s youth. The program’s goal has been to pair a child with at least one student-athlete while working to develop soccer talent.

Contact:
Dan Perritano
Phone:
(814) 898-6296
Email:
dpp2@psu.edu
Serving:
Erie County

World of Music – Music Lessons


At World of Music, customer satisfaction is their highest priority. As a family-owned business since 1954, World of Music has the personal atmosphere and level of service that’s hard to find these days. We invite you to drop by anytime, or to get to know us better, browse our site. Our products and services are up above.

Phone:
(814) 459-2585
Website:
Serving:
Erie County

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