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The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up, with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs.  The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. All participants must have a current signed liability form on file. Click here to download form.

For information, please contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434)970-3264


Stay in Touch

Our major means of advertising for various events is through a monthly calendar to arrive in your home by the first week of each month. To be added to this mailing list, please contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434) 970-3264


Supper Club

This program provides small group outings monthly to local restaurants. Participants learn social skills, how to order a meal, pay for meal and tip and communication skills. This program provides small group outings monthly to local restaurants. Participants learn social skills, how to order a meal, pay for meal and tip and communication skills.

Day/Overnight Trips

Day and overnight trips are planned for individuals with disabilities. The goals are to help with independence and self esteem as well as having fun while learning about local and state-wide attractions.

Activities for Individuals with Visual Impairments

A lunch and activity is held once a month at the Key Recreation Center for individuals with visual impairments. For information, please contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434)970-3264

Wheelchair Basketball

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The Charlottesville Cardinals encourage teens and adults with mobility limitations who are interested in competitive wheelchair basketball to join their weekly Thursday evening practices. The local team plays games against teams from Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Maryland, North Carolina, and other east coast teams.

For more information, please visit www.cardinalsbasketball.com.

Basketball

Teens and adults. Mondays: 3:45-4:45pm fall through spring.
Come practice skills with your friends. Participants needing one to one assistance need to come with an aide or volunteer.  Drop in activity.


Therapeutic Classes

Therapeutic classes are offered for 6 weeks in exercise, hiking, swimming/water exercises, crafts, ceramics, cooking, social relationships, anger management, community outings, and others, for specific classes this season, please refer to our program guide. For information, please contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434)970-3264

Link to online registrationLink to online program guide

Do you have an ideas or suggestions for trips, classes, or activities you'd like offered? Call Sarah at (434) 970-3264 to express your opinions. We want to hear from you!

Therapeutic Water Exercise

$1.00 per time---Mon, Wed & Thurs---11-12 noon---Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.  Group instruction in water exercise, beginning swimming skills & water games are offered. Participants must be able to care for themselves in the dressing room. Limited openings.

Instructor: Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434)970-3264

Therapeutic One-On-One Swim Instruction

$60 for city residents $80 for non-residents
For non-ambulatory or extra special needs children, teens, & adults one on one instruction once a week for six sessions. Times and days vary depending on participant and instructor. You must bring your own personal care aide if assistance is needed in dressing room. For information, please contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434) 970-3264

Therapeutic One-On-One Fitness Instruction

$60 for city residents & $80 for non-residents
For individuals with disabilities who would like to learn more about staying fit in the fitness center.  Times and days vary depending on participant and instructor. You must bring your own personal care aide if assistance is needed in dressing room. Contact Sarah Blech (434-970-3264) Dave Burton, Instructor.

Cooperative Effort/Funding

The Charlottesville and Recreation Department has a cooperative partnership with Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department and Region Ten Community Services in administering recreation for individuals with disabilities. Both agencies contribute annually to the City Therapeutic Recreation budget. The three agencies work closely with one another in providing comprehensive recreation activities. Participants in the program also contribute financially to the program through class fees and donations. Individuals and private organizations often make financial donations. Through cooperative efforts of many individuals and organizations the City is able to offer high quality therapeutic recreation to the Charlottesville Albemarle area. Thank you Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, Region Ten Community Services, Therapeutic Participants and the Public for continued support.

Volunteers Needed

Anyone interested in being a volunteer with Therapeutic Recreation should contact Sarah Blech. Email Sarah or call (434) 970-3264

Click to Volunteer for Summer Therapeutic Camps
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