In a world that's designed for individuals who don't have disabilities, it can feel pretty frustrating when you're searching for adaptive and inclusive activities and programs. Luckily, the Quad Cities has a wealth of organizations that offer fun programs for individuals of all abilities, and we've put together a short list of activities that you can take part in. Do you participate in a program that's not on the list? Comment below with the name of the program or activity and how people can get involved!
-Various Programs at Hand-in-Hand in Bettendorf
Hand-in-Hand offers recurring adaptive/inclusive programs such as Zumba, cooking and nutrition classes, movie nights, and art classes taught by local artists, and special programs like yoga, going to River Bandits games, winter bowling league, and more!
-Sled Hockey in downtown Davenport
Sled hockey is hockey that's adapted to fit the needs of all players that's played at River's Edge in downtown Davenport. It's just as fun (if not funner!) than regular hockey!
-Special Needs Night at Helium Trampoline Park in Eldridge
Special Needs Night is held the first Monday of each month from 5-7 pm at Helium Trampoline Park. The park is closed early to the general public and is turned into a sensory-friendly environment.
-Dekhockey in Bettendorf
In the adaptive league at QC Dekhockey, players learn new skills and become better at playing Dekhockey.
-Access to Waves Adaptive Water Skiing in Rock Island
Backwater Gamblers and the Genesis Group offer an adaptive water skiing clinic each summer utilizing specially designed skis. The clinic teaches skiing basics, fun techniques, and safety.
-Special Needs Night at the Family Museum in Bettendorf
The Family Museum opens after hours for families with children who have special needs. They limit attendance to 100 and make the museum into a sensory-friendly environment.
-iCan Bike in East Moline
iCan Bike is a week long clinic that "uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle."
-Soundreach Choir in Moline
Soundreach Choir is a choir for teen and adult singers of all abilities offered by West Music Music Therapy Services.
-Miss You Can Do It Pageant in Davenport
The Miss You Can Do It Pageant is for girls and women with special needs or challenges, and it gives contestants an opportunity to make new friends and great memories, and accomplish something really memorable.
-Horseback riding lessons in Sherrard
Horseback riding lessons are offered during several sessions each year at New Kingdom Trailriders and riders of all abilities are welcome!
-Various programs for individuals with Down Syndrome at GiGi's Playhouse in Moline
Early learning, teen and young adult, and career development programs are just a few of those offered at GiGi's Playhouse
-Adaptive Rowing in Moline
Adaptive rowing is offered by Two Rivers YMCA as a safe rowing experience for individuals with physical disabilities.