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 splash pad exploration, baking, arts, movies and crafting.
We offer inclusive wellness opportunities, including Bang the Drum*, SNAP (Special Needs Aquatic Playtime) and pom/cheer.
*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.
Note: SNAP & pom/cheer programs are offered seasonally.
Inclusion Camp & Parents Night Out
Inclusion camp* and Parents Night Out provide campers of all abilities with the opportunity to participate in planned activities, such as gym games, art projects, song singing, and outside play.
*Camps at our Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA are run during winter, summer and fall breaks.
Trail Buddies (Adaptive Bike Riding Program for All Ages)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (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 disabilities in our community. Siblings and friends are welcome to attend. These events are offered at no cost to participants. For information on the below upcoming events, contact Rebekah Coffey, Director of Adaptive Services, at email@example.com or 260-755-4961.
July 18, 2020-Teen Social Pool Party (Jorgensen Family YMCA)
August 21, 2020-Sensory Friendly Movie Night (Parkview Family YMCA)
November 13, 2020-Adult Social (Camp Red Cedar)