Special Needs

Our exercise and volunteer opportunities are designed specifically for adults and teens with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The program has appropriately designed activities and a focus on physical, mental and health benefits. Goals and benefits include: cardiovascular endurance, increased range of motion, increased strength, appropriate social skills, and improvement in conceptual and practical skills.

In-person Special Needs Classes are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19.


Special Needs Chair Exercise on Zoom

Description: Chair based movements for people with special needs. Please join with a chair and small to medium light weight ball. Free to attend.

Join Anysia on Mondays and Fridays from 11:30am-12:00pm!


Zumba with Aryona

Every Tuesday 11:00-11:30 AM

“You were born to make a difference, to contribute and to share your gifts with the world”  – Darren Hardy

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!  Dance movements can also be done if you are in a wheelchair or even with a regular chair if you are not stable standing.  What will you need?  You will need space to dance, comfortable shoes (no bare feet or socks), water for hydration, and lastly, your smile! Free to attend.

Click here to join the Zumba class on Zoom


NEW! Sensory Friendly Open Swim

The Rappahannock Area YMCA is excited to offer Sensory Friendly Open Swim time sponsored
by Paragon Autism Services! These open swim times are free and available to the community
for people of all ages. Swim time will be available from January through mid-April 2021.
Registration is required to attend. Arrival/check-in and Covid screening information will be
listed in registration for each location.
RON ROSNER: Mondays 12:45-1:45 PM (starts 1/11)
Questions: cmatthews@family-ymca.org
MASSAD: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 PM (starts 1/12)
Questions: tellis@family-ymca.org
CAROLINE: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM (starts 1/13)
Questions: jmerritt@family-ymca.org
KING GEORGE: Thursdays 12:30-1:30 PM (starts 1/14)
Questions: abentz@family-ymca.org



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