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 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.
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.
To get involved, contact Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services, at 260.755.4961.
Note: This program runs May 1st-October 31st (weather permitting).
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!
Interested in Volunteering for Y Buddies?
Note: This program is based on availability of volunteers and 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 the below upcoming events, contact Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services, at 260.755.4961.
2021 Event Dates:
March 5th: Teen Social (Turnstone)
April 16th: Sensory Friendly Movie Night (Camp Red Cedar)
July 17th: Summer Splash Bash (Jorgensen Family YMCA)
August 6th: Sensory Friendly Movie Night (Parkview Family YMCA)
November 12th: Adult Social (Camp Red Cedar)