Adaptive recreation resources are those that are inclusive, accessible, and adaptive for all abilities. The resources featured on this page include programs, facilities and sports teams that serve children and adults that have physical and/or cognitive impairments to ensure that all individuals are given the opportunity to participate in activities.
National Institute on Aging Go4Life Campaign
Go4Life is a physical activity campaign designed to motivate older adults to become physically active for the first time, to return to exercise after a break in their routines, or tp build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines. Find free exercise videos at https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/workout-videos/ and find graphics and instructions that demonstrate how to perform the exercises at https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercises/.
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit is a non-profit organization that produces a television series demonstrating chair exercise programs. Locate free resources from Sit and Be Fit at https://www.sitandbefit.org/blog/ or visit the YouTube channel to watch and follow the videos for free: https://www.youtube.com/user/SitandBeFitTVSHOW.
Local Programs & Facilities
Clinton Township Parks and Recreation
Adaptive Camp and Bike Club
Contact Tami or Emily at 586-286-9336
Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan
Families Exploring Down's Syndrome
Hippotherapy Stable Possibilities (Horseback riding)
Inclusively Fit is a 5,000 square foot, fully staffed and equipped fitness facility. The center is designed to offer exercise and fitness programs for the special needs community and is located in Sterling Heights, MI.
Macomb Township Parks and Recreation
Our special needs adult programs are designed for adults age 18+ that have developmental disabilities. We currently offer an adaptive art class and a gym class to enhance the physical and social needs of this population. Click on the blue information icon next to each class for more information.
Contact Michelle Duda at 586-992-2900
McKinley Barrier-Free Park
Macomb County is home to a first-of-its-kind adaptive recreation park and playground located in Fraser.The park features universally designed interactive playground equipment, ramped wheelchair access, accessible pathways and sensory-rich activities for the hearing and visually impaired.
MORC, Inc. is a human services organization that coordinates long-term supports for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly in Southeast Michigan.
Play Place for Autism
Play-Place for Autistic Children is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Sterling Heights, MI. Play-Place's mission is to provide a fun-filled, judgment-free, haven of hope for families affected by autism and other special needs. Play-Place is open to all ages, all cognitive levels, and all special needs.
Romeo Washington Bruce Parks and Recreation
Contact Grace 586-752-6543
Shelby Township Parks and Recreation
Special Recreation Program
Contact Joe Youngblood at 586-731-0300
St. Francis Camp
St. Francis Camp on the Lake serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our personalized day, residential and weekend camp experiences provide opportunities to participate in new and challenging activities which promote social, emotional, and physical development.
Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation
Sterling Heights offers various adaptive recreation opportunities such as summer camps, exercise classes, cooking classes, sports leagues, and other events.
Team GUTS™ is committed to improving the health, fitness and overall well-being of those in our community with special needs and disabilities. We are doing this by offering various adaptive fitness programs in a fun and recreational setting. All Team GUTS™ program sessions include eight (8) classes.
Warren Parks and Recreation
Specials Needs Programs
Contact Christine Bary at 586-268-8400
AYSO VIP Soccer
The mission of the AYSO VIP Program is to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. Successful participation is defined by the player’s enjoyment and the safety of all team members.
Clinton Valley Little League Challenger
Children 5 – 18 years of age who have mental or physical disabilities are welcome to join this team.
Elite Cheer Michigan
Little League Challenger
Northeast Adaptive Recreation Softball League
Sterling Heights Adaptive Recreation teams play in the Northeast Adaptive Recreation Basketball League. Players with developmental and physical Impairments, ages 12 years through adult are welcome to join.
Michigan Challengers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team
Learn the basics about basketball, shooting techniques, rules and ball handling skills. Boys and girls 5-21 years of age, and in elementary, junior and senior high school, with physical challenges are welcome. The team will play in conference, regional and national tournaments.
Special Olympics of Michigan
Area 14 serves Macomb County. The goal is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.
Phone: (248) 688-9603
Check back for more information regarding accessible and adaptive recreation!