Children age six (6) to eighteen (18), or up to twenty-one (21) if still in school, with a physical disability that includes, but is not limited to: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, amputation, heart defects, autism, epilepsy, and Downs syndrome are eligible to participate in youth programming.
Our Community Recreation Program provides a variety of activities available throughout the week and during the weekend, twelve months of the year. The activities selected are designed to provide disabled children opportunities to experience all of the wonderful "children’s activities" available in the St. Louis area, i.e., the Zoo, Magic House, Science Center, baseball games, and many other activities that allow them to become part of the St. Louis community, to be outdoors, and to add fun and friendship to their lives.
The After School Program is held four days per week at Gateway Michael School and serves ten children each day. The main goal of the After School Program is to encourage the students to improve their quality of life through physical exercise. We provide a ninety (90) minute recreational opportunity for children to build sporting skills, learn exercises to strengthen muscles and to improve coordination, improve wheelchair mobility, build self esteem and learn the importance of wellness in their lives. We ensure participation by providing free transportation to all.
Sports Camp is normally held the first full week in June. This year’s camp was held June 1 through June 4, 2010 at the North County Recreational Complex. To view photos of it, click here. Children spend four days learning new sports and having a week of non-stop fun! The overall goal of Sports Camp is to enrich the lives of children with physical disabilities by giving them the opportunity to experience a variety of recreational and sports activities. Transportation is provided at no charge to all children attending camp.
Out and About St. Louis County Program:
Out and About is a vocational training program to assist participants with physical and developmental disabilities to plan and participate in recreation and leisure programs. Support of vocational skills provided includes engaging in community events, building new friendships and social networking. St. Louis County residents who have a developmental and/or physical disability that originated before age twenty-two (22) may participate.
St. Louis City Program:
St. Louis City residents must have a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Autism or Epilepsy. Participants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate.
St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled Recreation Programs are provided to adults with any physical disability serving both St. Louis County and City. Participants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate in this recreation and leisure program.
Link to our Calendars page to view all the upcoming program events.
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