Looking for activities for your children and teens after the snowy winter?

There are autism friendly adaptive sports, programs, and activities in our local area.

Disclaimer:  The Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania provides an I&R service but individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS

TOPSoccer at Penn State Behrend

2 person teams are created.  The team will kick and roll the ball or just sit and talk.  The 8-weeks is about building friendship.  At the end of the session there is a short game and everyone cheers.  Each child/teen will have the opportunity to kick a goal!

WHEN:  Wednesdays – 6:00 to 7:30 PM

WHERE:  Junker Center at Penn State Behrend

CONTACT:  Dan Perritano, Men’s Soccer Coach at (814) 898-6296 or email:  dpp2@psu.edu

Download the application HERE


Time to start thinking SPRING and that means BASEBALL!!

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Our local community offers three (3) Challengers opportunities:

LeBoeuf Little League Challengers:

WHEN:  Signups will be held February 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017    ONLINE REGISTRATION

AGE:   Ages 5 – 15; anywhere in Erie County

WHERE:  Sign up at Stancliff Hose Co. in Waterford.

Games are played on Saturday mornings at the LeBoeuf Little League fields on Route 97 Waterford

For more information visit:  www.flbll.com or contact team coaches:  Heather Johnston (814) 460-1345 or Matthew Johnston (814) 464-4765

North East Little League Challengers offers adaptive baseball to children/teens (age 4 – 21) with a physical, mental or another disability from ANYWHERE in Erie County.

WHEN:  Signups will be held February 15, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and February 25, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

WHERE:  North East Intermediate Elementary Library

For more information contact Coach Jen Smith at wordsmithcreation@gmail.com or (814) 240-8507

Millcreek Littl League Challengers:

For more information: www.myaasports.com


 MECA Baseball

Adaptive baseball for all ages with any disability.  MECA Adaptive Baseball registration forms are available by calling 814-454-9113 ext. 4.

Players must be registered in order to participate; registration is $15.00

Games will take place on Saturday mornings 

**There is no age limit for children or adult with any disability to participate**


Gliding Stars (Adpative Ice Skating Program)

The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice in their own local community, culminating in the demonstration of those skills publicly in an end-of-season on-ice choreographed performance, which itself serves as a source of motivation, teamwork, increased self-esteem and the ‘magic’ that results from transcending one’s barriers in order to accomplish one’s dreams.   http://www.glidingstars.org/erie.html


CheerVIBE offers….

SPECIAL NEEDS TEAM….Our Special Needs Team recieves the assistance from a CheerVIBE buddy. The buddy is a cheerleader on one of our travel teams with a minimum of 3 years experience. Your child’s buddy is their own personal coach to assist throughout the practice and at all performances. They will perform at 2 – 4 local events in the season. The team will practice 1 day a week beginning in September for 1.5 hours per week thru April 1st. They will recieve a FREE t-shirt with registration and a cheer uniform to wear at all performances. Ages 4 – 18 years old   CALL FOR MORE INFO 814-923-3426

SPECIAL NEEDS TUMBLE…This is for the student that doesn’t want the committment of a team but wants to experience and learn the skills of a cheerleader. The students will be taught basic tumble, jumps, motions and stunts. Classes are offered in 8 week sessions.  GO TO CLASS TAB FOR SCHEDULE & SIGN UP


Do you know of other adaptive sports in our local area?  Please email:  autismsociety@nwpaasa.org  with the details.