Awesome Dinosaur

Science, Art, & Tech classes that empower kids as creators.  Awesome Dinosaur helps you discover your inner AWESOME in fun Science, Art & Technology classes alongside mentors in a safe, supportive environment.

Phone:        (814) 580-9900
Website:     awesomedinosaur.org
Serving:      Erie County


CheerVIBE 

Special Needs Team receives 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 receive a FREE t-shirt with registration and a cheer uniform to wear at all performances. Ages 4 – 18 years old.

Phone:        (814) 923-3426
Website:     cheervibe.net
Serving:      Erie County


 College for Kids – Penn State Behrend

Penn State – College for Kids is a summer enrichment program that offers a diverse selection of one-week, age-appropriate classes for Children and teenagers from 6 through 14 years of age.  The program offers classes Monday through Friday from 9:00a – 12:00p, and from 1:00p-4:00p., or all-day from 9:00a-4:00p with optional morning and afternoon care available.  *College for kids is not special needs specific*

Phone:        (814) 898-6871
Website:     psbehrend.psu.edu
Serving:      Erie County


 Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience -EASE (Bayfront Maritime Center-BMC)

BMC started adaptive sailing in 2000, and the EASE program became established in 2001. This is the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. It serves the entire tri-state region. THANK YOU to the more than 20 dedicated EASE volunteers who organize, schedule, staff, and sail all day with the sailors, while parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers share in their experience while aboard the escort vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT.

Phone:     (814) 456-4077
Website:  bayfrontcenter.org
Serving:   Pennsylvania


Erie Gymnastics Center

EGC Loves ALL Children!  We believe it is important for ALL Children to maintain Physical Fitness, learn Healthy Habits, and have Fun!  EGC’s Special Needs classes help children with a variety of Physical or Mental Challenges have fun and learn through Gymnastics.  For many students with Physical or Mental Handicaps, we ‘main-stream’ them into our regular class schedule.  For those who need a little more attention, we offer our Autism & Special Needs Classes.

Phone:     (814) 898-2936
Website:  eriegymnastics.com
Serving:   Erie County


Gliding Stars (Adaptive 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.   

Phone:       (814) 825-5555
Website:    glidingstars.org
Serving:     Erie County


HAPPY FEET DANCE CLUB | YMCA Glenwood

This class embraces movement and music for the differently-abled. Led by a volunteer instructor, Happy Feet is appropriately titled – from the moment the class begins, until it ends, the room is full of happiness. Class participants are welcome to bring support partners to class. Ages 18 and up. Free and open to the community.

Class times: Wednesday at Glenwood 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Phone:     (814) 881-2959
Contact:    Joy Wingo
Website:   ymcaerie.org
Email:       happyfeetaredancing@gmail.com


Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastics Academy

Special needs & Autistc classes are designed to better meet the needs of a student who is needing extra assistance and attention due to a mental or physical challenge in their bodies.  Instructors are trained in a variety of teaching techniques and tools specifically for those with special needs. All of the apparatus will be taught within these classes including; vault, bars, balance beam, rings, tumbling, and trampoline. Strength, flexibility, coordination, fine and gross motor skills are a part of the weekly class curriculum.  The instructor will challenge and encourage students weekly within a positive environment.

Phone:     (814) 864-9363
Website:  lakettesgymnastics.com
Serving:   Erie County


LeBoeuf Little League Challengers

Challengers enables boys and girls with special needs, age 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Phone:     Heather Johnston (814) 460-1345 or Matthew Johnson (814) 464-4765
Email:       flbchallengers@yahoo.com
Website:  flbll.com
Serving:   Erie County


MECA Baseball

Adaptive baseball for all ages with any disability. 
**There is no age limit for children or adult with any disability to participate**

Phone:     (814) 454-9113 ext. 4
Website:  mecaerie.org
Serving:   Erie County


Millcreek (MYAA) Challenger Division

Challengers enables boys and girls with special needs, age 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball.

Phone:     (814) 833-3298
Website:  myaasports.com
Serving:   Erie County


North East Little League Challengers

North East Little League is proud to offer Challenger, a special division that enables people ages 4 to 21 with a physical, mental or other disability to play ball at their own level in a fun, safe, inclusive atmosphere.

During each game, we invite players from other NELL teams to serve as buddies to Challenger players. These role models help teach basic skills and play side-by-side with Challenger boys and girls in a fun game with no outs, no strikes. Because making friends is an important part of this experience, we invite players and volunteers to stay after the game for a snack.

Phone:      (814) 240-8507
Email:       Jennifer Smith at wordsmithcreations@gmail.com
Website:  nelittleleague.squarespace.com
Serving:   Erie County


TOPS Basketball – Penn State Behrend

TOPS Basketball is a community based program that gives special needs children a fun, rich environment at the Penn State Behrend Junker Center. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have worked side-by-side to promote good health, awareness and basic basketball skills that child participants carry with them throughout the year. The program’s goal is to pair a child with at least one student-athlete for three weeks to participate in activities such as ball handling, shooting, passing or the occasional fun run around the gym.
TOPSBasketball is held in the fall of each year. Registration begins in August.

Contact: Dave Niland, Head Coach
Phone: (814) 898-6398
Serving:  Erie County


TOPSoccer – Penn State Behrend

TOPSoccer is a community-based program that gives special needs children from northwestern Pennsylvania an opportunity to participate with the Penn State Behrend student-athletes to build life-long friendships while developing soccer skills children may carry with them throughout the summer.

The program, in partnership with Behrend athletics and student-body, promotes good health, awareness and basic soccer skills to the community’s youth.  The program’s goal has been to pair a child with at least one student-athlete while working to develop soccer talent.

Contact:   Dan Perritano
Phone:     (814) 898-6296 

Email:      dpp2@psu.edu
Serving:  Erie County


Special Olympics PA, Erie County

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people throughout the world face, especially people with intellectual disabilities.

Phone:      (800) 235-9058
Website:   specialolympicspa.org
Serving:    Pennsylvania


Spectrum Soccer Class

Recommended for children with sensory needs, social needs, and children on the autism spectrum.  This class uses soccer as a fun way of working on social skills, self-esteem, positive peer interaction, and gross motor skills.  Parents can watch and enjoy the sessions for the balcony overlooking the field.

Contact:    Jamie Matson
Phone:      (814) 434-3350

Email:        jamie@323athletics.com  
Website:    323athletics.com
Serving:    Erie County


World of Music – Music Lessons

At World of Music, customer satisfaction is their highest priority.  As a family-owned business since 1954, World of Music has the personal atmosphere and level of service that’s hard to find these days. We invite you to drop by anytime, or to get to know us better, browse our site. Our products and services are up above. 

Phone:      (814) 459-2585
Website:   worldofmusicerie.com
Serving:    Erie County


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