Explore the City’s programs and supports for people with disabilities who want to be involved in recreational activities.

  1. If you haven’t used adapted services before, please contact us at least four weeks in advance so that we can assess your needs.

 

Contact Information
District Telephone Contact
Etobicoke York District
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
416-394-8746 Community Recreation Programmer
416-394-8533 Administration
TTY: 416-394-8534
North York District
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge St., 3rd Fl.
North York, ON M2N 5V7
416-395-6183 Community Recreation Programmer
TTY: 416-395-6115
Scarborough District
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, 5th Fl.
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
416-396-7760 Community Recreation Programmer
TTY: 416-396-4116
Toronto & East York District
East York Civic Centre
850 Coxwell Ave.
Toronto, ON M4C 5R1
416-397-4923 Community Recreation Programmer
416-397-4690 Administration
TTY: 416-392-4773

 

2. You will need to complete forms that staff will mail to you.

3. Staff will schedule an intake interview with you and register you or your child into a confidential database to help match appropriate services and programs. You are then given an Adapted Integrated Services (AIS) membership.

4. Once you have your AIS membership, you can register for Adapted Programs. Visit How to Register for Recreation Programs.

Please note: If requesting integration services, add your name to a waitlist.

Our specialized programs are for individuals with disabilities who want to be involved in recreational activities with other people who have similar interests, abilities and needs in a safe and positive environment. These programs are designed with smaller group sizes.

Explore categories and descriptions here:

Adapted Recreation Programs

Adapted Arts

Adapted Camps

Adapted General Interest Programs

Adapted Sports

Adapted Swim: Drop-In

Adapted Swim: Instructional


Adapted Ski & Snowboard Programs

The City offers downhill adapted and inclusive recreational ski and snowboard programs.  Find registration information on the Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre page. For adapted ski and snowboard programs that require specialized equipment, please contact OntarioTrack 3 Association.

Transportation to and from recreation programs is not included.

Integrated services are offered so that participants with disabilities may choose to join general programs for the mutual benefit of experiencing recreational interests together with other participants.

Special needs support staff is a limited resource. It is available in a 1:1 /1:2 or 1:3 ratio, on a first come, first serve basis:

Integrated Services Integrated Services

  • For up to a maximum of two weeks per child at designated summer camps.
  • For one recreation program during fall, winter and spring.
  • For summer: Support staff will be provided for summer camp only for up to two (2) weeks.
  • Evening and weekend support isn’t available.
  • If participants require 1:1 support for behavioural, personal or medical care, they may be requested to provide their own support worker/family member/volunteer.
  • People who bring their own support person must let staff know and complete the related forms.

The City is continually improving accessibility at Community and Recreation Centres  If you have any questions about specific facilities (pools, arenas, community centres) and the accessibility options, please call ahead and/or arrange a visit beforehand.

Swimming – Accessible Pools

For many persons with disabilities, swimming is an opportunity to feel freedom through weightlessness. Increasingly, pools are being retrofitted as accessible pools (those with aquatic chairs and lift chairs).

  • Aquatic Chairs: Aquatic chairs are plastic waterproof chairs used to transfer people from the change room to the pool, and the pool to the change room. This prevents people from getting their own wheelchairs wet.
  • Lift Chairs: A lift chair is a mechanical device that transfers people from the deck to the swimming pool, and the swimming pool to the deck.

Warm Water Pools

A small number of our City pools are kept as designated Warm Pools those with temperatures of 88 degrees or above to accommodate those with muscular, circulatory or neurological impairments requiring warmer temperatures.

Warm Water Pools
 Location Phone# Pool Type Temperature
ETOBICOKE/YORK
Gus Ryder Pool and Health Club 416-394-8726 Warm Water 87 – 88 F

30 -31 C

NORTH YORK
Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre 416-395-7585 Therapeutic 100 – 102 F

38 -39 C

SCARBOROUGH
Agincourt Community Recreation Centre 416-396-8343 Warm Water 90 – 92 F32 – 33 C
Birchmount Community Centre 416-396-4018 Warm Water 90 – 92 F

32 – 33 C

TORONTO/EAST YORK
Mary McCormick Recreation Centre 416-392-0742 Warm Water 88 F / 31 C
Scadding Court Community Centre 416-392-0335 Warm Water 88 F / 31 C
Regent Park Aquatic Centre 416-338-2237 Warm Water
Therapeutic
86 F / 30 C
99 F / 37 C

 


Snoezelen Room

The Snoezelen Room is a multi-sensory environment filled with lighting effects, shapes, textures, soft music and colours. This multi-sensory room creates a stress-free environment designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.

The History of Snoezelen

Snoezelen originated in Holland in the 1970’s as a recreational environment for adults with intellectual disabilities. The term “Snoezelen” is derived from two Dutch words meaning to “seek out or to explore” and to “relax”.

The concept of Snoezelen is based on the idea that everyone needs quality leisure time. This room provides individuals with disabilities a time of relaxation and enjoyment in a stimulating environment.

Who is Snoezelen For?

Snoezelen can be enjoyed by everyone. The greatest benefit is observed with individuals with disabilities, including those with sensory processing, behavioural, intellectual and physical challenges.

Research has demonstrated that the Snoezelen Room offers many benefits. Scheduling regular sessions aids in the improvement of physical and mental health, an increase in attention span, memory and relaxation, a decrease in negative behaviours, and an overall increase in the quality of life for the user.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Snozelen Room is located inside the Agincourt Recreation Centre at 31 Glen Watford Drive in Scarborough.

Booking

To book the Snoezelen Room, contact Adapted Recreation Office at 416-396-7760 or 416-396-5273.

  • Sessions are 45 minutes in length with a user fee of $7.00 per session. Upon your first visit, we recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete an assessment form.
  • Appointments must be booked at least 48 hours in advance with the Adapted Recreation office.
  • Notice of cancellation is required 24 hours in advance to avoid fee charges.

Commemorative AccessAbility® Table

Commemorate a special event or a person with an accessible picnic table located in a City of Toronto park. This program represents a joint venture between the Ontario March of Dimes and the City of Toronto. The Ontario March of Dimes is a non-profit organization. They developed the AccessAbility® Table and they’re dedicated to creating a society inclusive of people with disabilities.

AccessAbility® Table AccessAbility® Table

This universally-designed accessible picnic table is perfect for all outdoor recreation areas. It is constructed of galvanized steel, stainless steel and plastic wood. All components are maintenance-free, have a long lifespan and are recyclable. The stainless steel centre can be personalized with an etched dedication and/or company logo, and a built-in chessboard provides an opportunity for recreational interaction.

For more information please contact:

Elaine Darling at Ontario March of Dimes
Phone: 416-425-3463 ext. 369
E-mail: edarling@dimes.on.ca

The recently installed pergola at Riverdale Park East has an accessible picnic table underneath it. Here is an example of a successful gathering space that is well used primarily by the patients at the Bridgepoint Active Healthcare facility.

Hockey Sledges

Sledges are adaptive skating devices that give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in leisure skate and hockey activities. This equipment makes our facilities more accessible to all.

Skate Horses

The Skate Horse is a device designed for people with various disabilities to assist with balance and support when learning how to skate.

  • It is not a ride-on toy.
  • 2 sizes are available (child & adult) to accommodate ages 3 and up.
  • There is an adjustable seat for resting your legs.
  • The solid three-point frame helps with balance.
  • The handlebar provides support and can adjust to suit.
  • Helmets must be worn.
  • Supervision and assistance should be provided by the parent or guardian.
  • Skate Horse is only available during leisure skate.

To book a Skate Horse or Hockey Sledge please call:

Etobicoke York District – 416-394-8533

North York District  – 416-395-6183

Scarborough District – 416-396-7760

Toronto East York – 416-397- 4690

Please book your sledge two weeks in advance to ensure the equipment can be transported to a convenient location.