Special Needs

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The Rappahannock Area YMCA’s Special Needs program gives individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability access to classes and activities that encourage self-sufficiency, socialization and staying active—all qualities that help them learn, grow, and thrive.

Events

Adult Valentine’s Lunch Social – Bring your lunch; enjoy music and crafts.

Adult Egg Hunt – Small group egg hunting, crafts, and light food.

Special Needs Splash – Held at Thurston Water Park for people with special needs of all ages and their families. Food and party favors. Two events: June and July.

Adult Dance – Red carpet entrance, meal, DJ, party favors. Takes place in September.

Sensory Friendly Carnival – The lights are on, less scary, fun game booths and sensory activities.

Adult Holiday Lunch Social – Bring your lunch, enjoy music, crafts, and a visit with Santa.

Registration

Classes and Activities

Sensory Friendly Open Swim – Caroline Y on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm. All ages. Registration required

Create, Build, and Play – Ron Rosner Y on Wednesdays, ages 4-8 and Massad Y on Mondays, ages 3-5. Registration required

Finding Friends – June through July at the Thurston Water Park. Ages 3-10. Registration required

Kids Classes: Create, Build, and Play (ages 4-8, January-May at Ron Rosner Y), Finding Friends (ages 4-12, June-August at Thurston Water Park). Register to attend.

Adult Art Class: Massad Y on Tuesdays 11:30am-12:15pm. Create at your own pace. Registration required

Special Olympics Tennis Training: See more below.

Adult Exercise Classes in Person: Register to attend.

Fitness Adventure Exercise Class: Massad Y on Wednesdays from 11:30am-12:15pm. Registration required

Virtual Exercise Class on Zoom:
Zumba with Aryona – Teen/Adult Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 AM
Movements can be done in a small space or from a chair. Wear comfortable shoes. Despite her physical and Intellectual Disabilities, Aryona shares her passion of music and dance with others as a Zumba Instructor, particularly to those who have Special Needs or limited mobility. Whatever your level of movement may be, please join us for 30 minutes of non-judgmental, at your own pace fun!

Click here to join the Zumba class on Zoom

Registration

Volunteer

Volunteer Time – Ongoing classes in the Giving Garden, indoor gardening, event prep, outdoor and indoor clean-up for adults with special needs. Email Anysia Alhanati: aalhanati@family-ymca.org

Vocational Job Skills – Are you someone with an intellectual or developmental disability who is looking to learn new skills or practice skills that are needed for a job? This job skills program is offered at the Massad Family Y. Apply for a volunteer job position where you will be volunteering two days a week, two hours each day, for a three month period. At your interview we will discuss some of the skills that you are trying to learn or accomplish for a job at the Y or in the community. You will begin working on those skills. You will have Y staff support as needed for this program and your attendant may need to support you as well from time to time. Supported, in part, by the Atlantic Builders Giving Fund and the Anne Felder Fund of the Community Foundation.

To apply, email Anysia Alhanati: aalhanati@family-ymca.org

Special Olympics Tennis Training

Join us for an ongoing tennis training program for all levels of beginner players to advanced players with intellectual disability ages 8 through adult. Learn to hold, swing, and connect the tennis racket with the tennis ball. More advanced players will learn match play. Strength exercises will also be introduced and taught. 

  • WHEN: September-May. Held on the second Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm. June and July held once a week on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm.
  • This class is FREE, but class registration and Special Olympics forms are required to participate.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Bring your own tennis racket or use one of the Y’s. Dress in workout clothes of shorts, sweatpants, or tennis skirt, t-shirt, and tennis shoes. There are two required registrations. First, register with the Y using the Program Directory below, then fill out and bring a New Athlete Medical Waiver Special Olympics to the first class.

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