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Special Needs – Recreation

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Abrakadoodle Art Education

9606 Deerco Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Pat Lakatta

Fun, inspiring, educational classes, field trips and special events. Studio and school based programs are available.

Phone: 410-561-9220

Access-Ability Sailing, Downtown Sailing Center

1425 Key Highway, Suite 110
Baltimore, MD 21230
Lynn Handy

Offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to sail one or two Saturdays each month from April-August.

Phone: 410-727-0722

Adapted Karate, Baltimore Martial Arts Academy

6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Gary Berger

Program for physically and/or intellectually/emotionally challenged children. Each student is evaluated for his or her specific situation.

Phone: 410-465-7799

Allied Sports, Baltimore County Office of Athletics, Baltimore County Public Schools

105 West Chesapeake Ave, Lower Level
Towson, MD 21204
Brad Kressman

Interscholastic high school inclusive sports program offering soccer, bowling, and softball.

Phone: 410-887-2328

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films

Various Locations


AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Phone: 877-341-6397

Ann Street Players- Inclusive Theatre, Fells Point Corner Theatre

251 S. Ann St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

Community program that welcomes individuals with disabilities to get involved in theatre. All concerned adults are welcome to be a part of the program.

Annie's Playground

864 Smith Lane
Fallston, MD 21047
Mike Getz

Partially/fully handicap accessible. Harford County Park & Recreations, Edgeley Grove Farm

Phone: 410-638-3559

ASPIRE Program (Adaptive Sports Program Inspiring Kids to Reach Excellence)

Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Council, 7201 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21219
Tim Dodge

An adaptive sports program for ages 6-18.

Phone: 410-887-7529

Augmenting Ability

260 Gateway Drive, Suite 7-8A
Bel Air, MD 21014
Melissa Ward

Group & Individual Music Therapy and adapted music lessons through private clinic in Bel Air and contracted locations in Westminster, Pikesville, and Lutherville.

Phone: 717-968-8001

B&O Railroad Museum

901 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21223
Rebecca Funk

The B&O is proud to offer the first in a series of Sensory Friendly Days for children and guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The museum will be opening one hour early at 10am on the following Sundays to accommodate our guests and their families: March 24, May 19, June 9, July 21, August 18, September 15, & October 20.

This more accessible museum experience features added signage and modified lighting & sounds, as well as the presence of additional volunteers and staff to support visitors throughout their stay. Sensory kits will be stationed throughout the Museum’s campus and include feeling charts, break timers, fidgets, stress balls, and noise canceling headphones.

If smaller crowds, specialized activities, less sound and light stimuli, and a designated quiet room will make it easier for you or your child to explore all that the B&O has to offer, this is the day for you! Event is free with general admission.

To RSVP and receive the specialized sensory story, please contact Rebecca Funk at

Phone: 410-752-4290

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports

P.O. Box 631
Parkton, MD 21120
Pamela Lehnert

A non-profit organization (501(c)3) created to provide recreation and sports programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Included but not limited to bowling, skiing, cycling, kayaking, and more.

Phone: 478-BARS-FUN

Baltimore Area Special Hockey

Reisterstown Sportsplex, PO Box 42793
Towson, MD 21284
Teresa and Jim Zinkhan

Ice hockey for both children and adults with a traumatic brain injury or intellectual disability such as autism and Down syndrome.

Phone: 410-661-0070

Best Buddies Maryland

101 North Haven Street, Suite 205
Baltimore, MD 21224
Stacey Israel

Program matching middle and high school and college students with intellectual and development disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their typical peers.

Phone: 410-327-9812

Blue Dragon Taekwondo & Hapkido Center

2183 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Han Young Kim

Ages 4+. Work with ADHD and ADD children.

Phone: 410-561-3553

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB)

177 Defense Highway, Ste. 9
Annapolis, MD 21401
Sarah Winchester

Dedicated to bringing the thrill and freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities and their families. Sailing on CRAB sailboats takes place at Sandy Point State Park Marina.

Phone: 410-266-5722

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding

PO Box 475
Abingdon, MD 21009
Cathy Schmidt

CTR’s mission is to “encourage healing and celebrate life with individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses.” CTR’s certified staff and trained volunteers are dedicated to serving individuals and groups through customized, innovative programming that occurs year-round.

Programs include: Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Horse Powered Learning, Team Building and Various other Equine Experiences.

Phone: 443-528-7793

Christian Youth Athletics

1607 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
Julie Traut

An uplifting and competitive environment to build character, leadership, sportsmanship, confidence, and athletic skills.

Phone: 410-882-2217

Department of Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Office

702 N. Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Kathy Burley

Bingo, bowling Staccatos, Kids’ Klub, Camp I Can, dances, movies, and more. Contact information is also available regarding Special Olympics – Harford County.

Phone: Bel Air, 410-638-4899, TTY users, call Maryland Relay at 711

Department of Recreation and Parks, Adaptive Recreation

1 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
Wendy Scarborough

Variety of sports, fitness, and recreation programs, including therapeutic riding, swim programs, soccer, lacrosse, Challenger Baseball, creative activities, and a teen club for youth with developmental delays.

Phone: 410-222-7313

Department of Recreation and Parks, Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services

9831 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD 21930
Karen Volz

Adaptive sports, golf, summer camps, performing arts including The Sky is the Limit Community Theatre, gardening, horticulture therapy, social dances, theraputic riding, swimming, bowling. Publishes Leisure Resources News.

Phone: 410-887-5370, TTY: 410-887-5319

Discovery Program, Y of Central Maryland, Towson Branch

600 West Chesapeake Ave
Towson, MD 21204
Sean Davis

Social and motor skills, self-image, and physical education for ages 9 and up. Participants need to be ambulatory and toilet-trained. Participation contingent on instructor approval.

Phone: 410-823-8870

Eden Mill Nature Center

1617 Eden Mill Road
Pylesville, MD 21132
Valarie Klein

Accessible canoe/kayak launch, Free. 5 Miles of trails and nature center.

Phone: 410-836-3050

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Jennifer Gibbs-Keith

Serves all girls ages 5-17, including those with special needs. Volunteer opportunities for adults.

Phone: 410-358-9711, 800-492-2521, 410-358-9919 (TDD)

Goldfish Swim School - Columbia

9315 Snowden River Parkway, Suite A
Columbia, MD 21046
Suzannah Zachos

Premier learn-to-swim facility specializing in swim lessons for children 4-months to 12 years of age, all levels, all abilities! 90-degree water and small teacher to student ratios. Classes meet for 30-minutes once a week on a family friendly schedule!

Phone: 410-421-7185

Goldfish Swim School - Owings Mills

11460 Cronridge Dr., Suite 130
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Zachary Healy

Swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School are for ALL kids! We offer swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years in a fun, kid-friendly learning environment. The curriculum-based swim program is inclusive and features small class sizes, positivity, flexibility and consistency.

Goldfish understands that each child is unique and individualized attention is key. The curriculum is consistent, but catered to the needs of the child. Our top priority is teaching children to swim and be safe in and around water.

Phone: 410-753-6565

Healthy Lifestyles Therapy Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute

1750 East Fairmont Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Joan Carney

Designed to help ages 4-21 with physical impairments explore their exercise options including aquatics, yoga, dance, and adapted sports, begin an exercise program designed by an experienced therapy team, and continue their regimen at home or in their community.

Phone: 443-923-4555

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Susan Potts

Offers a wide variety of activities for individuals of all ages. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing community recreational and leisure opportunities and promoting lifelong skills. We want you to Choose Your Fun!

Phone: 410-313-7275

Hubalek Studio of Music - Piano and Voice Lessons

Catonsville, MD 21228
Shirley Hubalek

Shirley Hubalek, professional pianist, organist, and vocalist. Children with learning disabilities welcome. Multi-sensory program.

Phone: 410-719-6790

I Can Do It Too, Inc., Rebounders Gymnastics

7 A West Aylesbury Road
Timonium, MD 21093
Jill Szymkiewicz

Sensory/motor/gymnastics program for children all ages with any minimal to severe physical, mental, emotional, social, language, and/or sensory challenges.

Phone: 410-252-3374 x112

International School of Protocol (The)

100 West Road, Suite 300
Towson, MD 21204
Cathleen Hanson

Programs for children and adults with special needs focuses upon developing skills to encourage and reinforce appropriate social etiquette and communication skills.

Phone: 410-832-7555

Interscholastic Unified Sports, Special Olympics of Maryland

3701 Commerce Dr., Suite 103
Baltimore, MD 21227
Melissa Anger

For higher ability athletes of all ages, from youth to adults. Promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

Phone: 800-541-7544, TTY: 410-789-4013

Karina Association

Mays Chapel UM Church - 11911 Jenifer Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Heidi Diliberto

Expressive arts therapy program to enjoy art, dance, music, and drum therapy. For ages 12 plus and young adults.

Phone: 443-928-0542

KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Greater DC

P.O. Box 341590
Bethesda, MD 20827
Beth Wenger

A nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities in Greater Baltimore and Washington DC.

Phone: 301-770-3200

Kennedy Krieger Physically Challenged Sports Program

Greenspring Campus of Kennedy Krieger Institute, 3825 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Gerry Herman

Provides therapeutic sports and recreational programs including motor development, fitness and/or swimming, wheelchair football, floor hockey, basketball, ambulatory sports, table tennis, tennis, track & field, baseball, golf, and more. Open to ages 2-21.

Phone: 443-923-9200, 800-873-3377


5024 Campbell Blvd., Suite K
Nottingham, MD 21236
Miss Debbie

Multi-sensory program to strengthen language, emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.

Phone: 443-928-9410

Kinetics Dance Theater

3280 Pine Orchard Lane
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Becca Sigmund

A contemporary dance school offering classes to all ages and abilities including adult classes.

Phone: 410-480-1686

Lake Waterford Park, Adaptive Facility

Pasadena, MD
Donna Liberto

Universally accessible boundless playground. The adaptive recreation baseball field, Freedom Field, includes a multipurpose field overlay, which is covered with a rubberized, wheelchair accessible surface. All sensory trail for all abilities.

Phone: 410-222-7313, 410-222-7300

Level Dance Productions

1572 Whitehall Road
Annapolis, MD 21409
Barbara Martin

Weekly program designed for children with different abilities.

Phone: 410-349-3100


60 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Jolene Farmer

Sociabilities social skills groups and family counseling for children and their parents.

Phone: 410-788-5483

Loch Raven Fishing Center

1210 Dulaney Valley Road
Phoenix, MD 21131
Kevin McComas


Access to boating with an accessible pier for individuals with mobility impairments.

Phone: 410-887-7692

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

580 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
Richard Allen

Provides links to an alphabetical listing of state public lands that provide accessible amenities and accessible outdoor recreational opportunities on public lands, listed by activity.

Phone: 410-260-8058, (TTY users, call Maryland Relay at 711)

Maryland Ravens, Inc. Disability Awareness Program

1413 Glendale Road
Baltimore, MD 21239
Eddie Diggs

Offers activities, such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, and youth/school outreach programs for the physically challenged that help build self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, and self-motivation.

Phone: 410-825-5359

Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

1141 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032
Kelly Rodgers

Provides equine-assisted activities to individuals with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Programs include Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy.

Phone: 410-923-6800, ticket/event line 410-923-6800

Music Institute at Howard Community College (The)

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, HVPA 160A
Columbia, MD 21044
Rita Mayhew

Music therapy sessions designed and conducted by a board-certified music therapist for children and adults with disabilities such as autism, developmental delays, ADHD, physical impairments, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Phone: 443-518-4297

Music Together Of Catonsville

110 N. Beechwood Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Melissa Pound

A research-based program helping develop a child’s musicality in a family-based, fun way.

Phone: 410-615-4369

National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Jennifer Hamilton

Special needs services and programs including express entry and early entry, special visit times on select dates, assistive listening devices, Touch Bags, a Braille tour of the main aquarium and Deaf Awareness Days.

Phone: 410-659-4291

Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center

303 International Circle, Suite 110
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Neal Lichter

Offers a caring, knowledgeable staff person to take calls and respond to email inquiries and an online, searchable database with information on services and programs throughout Maryland. Also offering an onsite resource library.

Help Line 866-806-8400, 443-330-5341

Port Discovery, Discovery Days

35 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Kristie Gulick

Special days for children with special needs to explore the museum in a quieter, calmer environment.

Phone: 410-864-2664

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.)

7475 Dakin Street, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80221
Cher Smith

Information on PATH riding centers and therapeutic riding. Uses accreditation and licensing systems to improve the well-being of the therapeutic equine industry.

Phone: 800-369-RIDE (7433)

Reflections In Dance

100 Railroad Ave, Suite 201
Westminster, MD 21157
Sandi West

Instruction by occupational therapist and dance instructor for children ages 5+ with physical and developmental disabilities including MR, autism/PDD, social/verbal delays, CP, and Down syndrome.

Phone: 410-857-9476, 410-374-8754

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School

PO Box 156
Glen Arm, MD 21057
Joan Marie Twining

Basic horsemanship and stable management skills in a uniquely therapeutic environment. Geared specifically for special needs children.

Phone: 410-592-2562

Sensory Swim

7519 Lawrence Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
Andrew Hahn


Lessons for special needs children and adults. Locations in Belair and Lutherville.

Phone: 443-500-6894

Sky Zone Timonium

23 W. Aylesbury Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Melissa Zaba

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.
Every third Monday of the month from 6pm to 8pm.

60 Minutes of Jump Time for $12.00

Phone: 410-842-1661

Smart Coach Center

8950 State Route 108, Suite 117
Columbia, MD 21045
Michael Garant

The Smart Coach system offers a concrete formula for raising strong, responsible, confident, and focused children. It can help your child improve academically and socially in addition to strengthening athletic abilities. Smart Coach has proven success in helping children with ADD/ADHD, autism, and other learning disabilities.

Phone: 410-312-5500

Special Olympics of Maryland, Inc.

3701 Commerce Dr., Suite 103
Baltimore, MD 21227
Susan Holland

Provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for people 8 years-up with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. Athletes compete from all counties around Maryland.

Phone: 800-541-7544, TTY: 410-789-4013

TALMAR (Therapeutic Alternatives of Maryland)

1994 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234

TALMAR is dedicated to the mission of enhancing health for all people of all ages and abilities. TALMAR offers an innovative therapeutic environment providing work skills development, and vocational, educational and recreational programming in horticulture and agriculture. All programs are designed to be inclusive of individuals with physical, mental, or developmental challenges.

Phone: 410-825-2020

The Arc Maryland

130 Lubrano Drive, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
Lisa Chandler

The largest statewide advocacy organization assisting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland. Online Resource Directory. Ten local chapters.

Phone: 410-571-9320

Walters Art Museum, Assistive Listening Devices (The)

600 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ryan Brown

Available from the Visitor Information Desk for all auditorium programs. Sign language interpretation can be provided with three-weeks advance notice.

Phone: 410-547-9000, ext. 565

Walters Art Museum, Sensory Morning (The)

600 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Amanda Kodeck

A morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for families of children with sensory processing disorders. Enjoy the collection of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours.

Phone: 410-547-9000, ext. 325


1346 Brenda Road
Severn, MD 21144
Skip Zinck

Organizes children’s fishing days in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. for children with special needs, including life-threatening illnesses and physical or learning disabilities, and their families.

Phone: 410-551-5024