Recreation and Community
Many organizations are happy to make accommodations for children on the autism spectrum, or have recreational programs that facilitate social and emotional development. Here are a few that we have found helpful:
- After-School and Saturday Cooking Clubs
- Saturday Night For Teens
- Fall Festival
- Bowling Days
- Swim Days
For more information about these programs, please contact:
Carol Kehler at (204) 258-6538 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maya Kirstein at (204) 258-6538
To register, or to be added to the notification list, please contact Yvonne at (204) 258-6500.
City of Winnipeg Leisure Programs
The city offers a variety of leisure activities in Winnipeg, some of which are specifically for children and adults with disabilities, and many that are of general interest.
PACE (Parents of Autistic Children Everywhere)
PACE is a Facebook-based group that offers a variety of recreational activities for families of children with autism. They also host a yearly autism walk.
Friending (Winnipeg): Meetups For Children To Practice Social Skills
This is a Facebook group in which parents can connect and find playdate partners for their kids.
OHEYS supports recreation, health and social skill development for kids and teens on the autism spectrum. They have a very popular summer camp program, as well as other programs through the year such as swimming and a games club.
Making Waves Winnipeg is a not-for-profit student initiative providing affordable and accessible one-on-one swimming instruction to children with special needs. The program operates on Saturday evenings at two pools in Winnipeg, and now in Brandon as well.
People with disabilities classes are available for individuals with developmental, cognitive and/ or physical disabilities. These classes focus on developing sound water safety skills. They are designed to follow Red Cross Swim programs and provide an opportunity for supervised water activities.
Enriching the lives of Manitobans with an intellectual disability through active participation in sport.
On the third Monday evening every month, Sky Zone turns down the lights and offers a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.
B100 – 123 Doncaster St. Winnipeg
Phone: (204) 477-7510
A variety of sports, recreation and fitness programs. A special needs coordinator supports inclusion of children with special needs in all programs. They also offer a gym night for kids with ASD.
Phone: (204) 284-0250
Classes for children, newborns to teens.
The instructor is also a speech-language pathologist who works with children with autism.
This business runs a “Flippin for Autism” program in the summer for children of any age.
Disabled Sail Manitoba operates at Fort Whyte Alive provides sailing opportunities to Manitobans regardless of ability, age or economic means and has three main programs – opportunity to book sailing sessions (companion provided for support), a Learn-to-Sail accredited course for those who would like to develop their capabilities, and a race night for those interested in competitive sailing.
Phone: (204) 471-3569
For children at least 8 years old and with a disability, this 5-day bike program offers to help your family member learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently. It has run in early July for the last two years at the East End Arena in Winnipeg.
Inspire Community Outreach
Inspire Community Outreach Inc. is an incorporated non-profit social services agency working with youth in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the hopes that they will find their passion and create connections that will last a lifetime. Programming varies from drop-in, to 6-10 week sessions. Programs include mindfulness training, creative expression (including art, poetry, and music), cooking/nutrition, physical activity, and other positive coping strategies.
Art Among Friends
Art Among Friends is a visual arts program facilitated by Community Living Winnipeg for youth aged 13 and up with and without disabilities who are interested in attending inclusive classes. You can view a CBC interview about it here.
ArtsJunktion MB is a community-based, charitable organization committed to redistributing reusable materials.
They rescue quality materials from businesses and private donors that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. These materials (including a variety of paper, end rolls, buttons, tools…) are sorted and displayed at their depot for all to browse and take at no charge. Worth taking a look.
They also offer an interesting assortment of workshops for teens and adults…pictures from previous workshops are displayed on the website.
The Access 2 Entertainment Card provides persons with a disability to receive either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at member movie theatres and attractions across Canada.
Red River Exhibition
Get free passes for you and your child with ASD for a special day with fewer crowds. Ask Autism Society of Manitoba for further information.
Hope Centre Ministries works to build inclusive church communities that see all people who live with a disability, together with their families and their friends, fully incorporated in the worship and life of Christ’s Church where all employ their gifts for the benefit of local congregations and their ministry.
They offer programs for individuals and their families to meet, learn and have fun together, and worship, and resources for churches to help them consider how they might make diverse people welcome and comfortable in their home congregations.