Our inclusive programs are for individuals with and without diverse abilities to participate in activities and classes together. With the Y's mission to be for all, we believe we are stronger and better when we are together.
Sensory Friendly Programs
Our sensory friendly programs focus on providing inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities, while being aware of sensitivities to various stimuli. Examples of our events include sensory friendly baking, crafting and movies.
We offer inclusive wellness opportunities, including Bang the Drum* and SNAP** (Special Needs Aquatic Playtime).
Participants can schedule a time with a coach to set goals and create a personalized workout plan. Coaches will help train the participant on adaptive and standard equipment usage.
*Bang The Drum is a group exercise class that combines traditional aerobic movements with the powerful beat and rhythm of the drums. Participants are able to engage their whole mind and body in this lively class.
**SNAP is for those with diverse abilities, along with their families, to enjoy unstructured pool time & make memories together.
Note: SNAP events are offered seasonally.
Trail Buddies (Adaptive Bike Riding)
Trail Buddies invites people who have a disability or who are unable to pedal a bike independently to go for a ride in the fresh air using our specialized bikes, known as the Duet Bike. This free, inclusive program allows children and adults to be pedaled by caring, trained volunteers with our specialized bikes. Trail Buddies is available to those of all ages.
Note: This program runs May 1st-October 31st (weather permitting).
To get involved, contact Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services, at 260.755.4961.
Y Buddies (Connects Individuals W/ Diverse Abilities With Volunteers Ages 8 - Adult)
Y Buddies is a program that connects individuals with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities with volunteers to participate together in programs, classes and activities at the Y! This support program is designed to foster friendships, build confidence and join those with common interests to participate in meaningful activities, all while creating memories!
Note: This program is based on availability of volunteers and buddies.
Interested in Volunteering for Y Buddies?
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has partnered with Turnstone, Easter Seals ARC and Camp Red Cedar to provide social events for those with diverse abilities in our community. Siblings and friends are welcome to attend. For information on upcoming events, contact Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services, at 260.755.4961.
February 18: Sensory Friendly Movie Night
March 4: Teen Social
August 27: Splash Bash
September 10th: FWACO Takeover
November 11: Harvest Party