Special Needs Participation
The Recreation and Culture department strives to make our programs and services accessible and inclusive to all members of our community including those with intellectual or physical disabilities; attention and behaviour difficulties; vision and hearing impairments; learning disabilities; allergies and medical conditions.
How should I register?
When and where possible, we will attempt to accommodate all individuals in the course of their choice. Registration can be completed through iris, by phone at 905-815-2000, via mail or in person at Town Hall or any community centre. For more information please contact registration staff at 905-338-4250.
Participant Profile Form — special needs and medical conditions
To best service the needs of all program participants, we require every individual with a medical, developmental, or physical condition to submit a Participant Profile Form (pdf, 100 kB) with their registration. This information will be shared with instructional staff only.
For individuals registering online, the form can be downloaded and faxed to the department at 905-338-4188 after the completion of the registration.
Even though programs and services are integrated, some individuals may need additional accommodations to participate. To request accommodations, please contact registration staff at 905-338-4250.
Can I attend with my own support worker?
Support workers are welcome to attend all programs. A fee may or may not be assessed depending on the activity. Staff may request additional personal information from the support worker for emergency purposes.
EXPRESS PASS – Aquatics and Fitness
The admission fee will be waived for a designated support worker attending either a recreational swim time or an open fitness time to physically support a participant with a special need. The minimum age for swimming is seven, and for open gym use the minimum age is 15. For applications and information, please stop by your local pool or fitness centre.
- Teen Adventure Program is a full-day, full-week summer program for teens with special needs (ages 14-21)
- Y.A.R.D. and Y.A.R.D. Plus for teens with special needs (ages 13-21)
- Stroke Survivors fitness
- Aquaflex, Aquadapt
- COPD Exercise Program (ages 50+)
- Osteoporosis - Fitness and Prevention (ages 50+)
- Parkinson's Program (ages 50+)
Family skates for a child or youth with special needs is offered at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Saturdays, 6:15-7:05 p.m. Regular admission fees apply. Visit the Public Skating web page for more information.
Family associations and agencies
The Recreation and Culture department has provided specialized recreational programs and activities through partnerships with family associations and staff from local agencies. If your group has ideas or suggestions for programs, please contact Tricia Lewis at 905-845-6601, ext. 3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.