Discover Abilities Resource Guide

A guide to community-based sports and recreational resources around Minnesota.

Please note: The programs listed on this page are community resources that are not owned or managed by Allina Health or Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

*The organizations with an asterisk (*) participated in the 2021 Discover Abilities Virtual Expo

  • Millennium Center for Performing Arts  
    • Millennium Center for Performing Arts provides participants of all ages with a strong, artistic, intellectual, and practical foundation of music, art and drama. Services include adult enrichment programs, socialization activities, meals, recreation, transportation and some health-related services in supervised group settings.
  • RISE Adult Day Program
    • RISE Adult Day program is designed to meet the needs and interests of adults who no longer want to work full time, but would still enjoy remaining an active part of their community. This program includes recreational, social and creative activities, as well as fitness activities, community service, art and music therapy and educational groups, among other things.
  • Sholom Adult Day Program
    • Adult Day programming offers participants and caregivers daytime programming, emotional support and assistance with healthcare issues.
  • Padraig’s Place
    • Offers adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN.
  • Courage Kenny Ski & Snowboard
    • Offers adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at 7 locations throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Get one-to-one instruction in adaptive skiing techniques that accommodate people with a variety of physical disabilities and visual impairments. This program is part of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
  • Giants Ridge – Nordic and Alpine
    • Giants Ridge is the Midwest’s top-rated ski and snowboard hot-spot. Here, snow adventures are always in action, offering 35 downhill ski runs, over 60 km of the finest-groomed nordic ski trails and the best snowboarding terrain park in Minnesota!
  • Mankato Area Adaptive Ski Program (MAASP)
    • MAASP is a local group of skiers who work together to offer adults and youth with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn to ski.
  • Ski for Light, Inc 
    • Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization founded in 1975. The mission of Ski for Light is to teach visually- and mobility-impaired adults the sport of classic cross-country skiing, to give participants who have already mastered the basics the chance to improve their skills and endurance, and to enable participants to just have fun on the snow.
  • Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
    • Provides individual adaptive ski and snowboard lessons.
  • U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing
    • U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing is national governing body for US Para Nordic. We are committed to growing the sport on all playing fields.
  • MN Horse Council 
    • List of Minnesota Programs
  • We Can Ride
    • It is the mission of We Can Ride, to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities or special needs through equine assisted activities.
  • Stable Pathways
    • At Stable Pathways, our mission is to empower, strengthen and inspire those living with disabilities through horse-assisted activities.
  • Courage Kenny Riders
    • Courage Kenny Riders is a therapeutic horseback riding program serving children with physical and sensory impairments ages 5-21.
  • Hold Your Horses
    • Moving lives forward from trauma and disability with the help of a horse. Hold Your Horses offers equine assisted services in a private farm setting.
  • Majestic Hills Ranch
    • Majestic Hills Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapeutic Riding to Children &  Adults with Special Needs and Injured Military Personnel, Active Duty & Veterans in Rehabilitation. 
  • Ride Ability
    • Our mission is to serve families of children or adults with special needs; providing horse back riding and related activities; creating a fun and therapeutic environment WHERE EVERYONE IS ABLE! (enhancing physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health)
  • True Strides
    • True Strides Therapeutic Riding Center offers children and adults the opportunity for Equine Assisted Therapies/Hippotherapy and horse camps that provide life changing experiences.
  • River Valley Riders
    • Our mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs by providing equine assisted activities and therapies.
  • Touching Moments
    • Touching Moments Animal Assisted Activities program was founded in 2006 with the idea stemming from a confirmation project that required an act of kindness be performed. The program’s founding family were aware of the benefits of pet therapy and felt there was a need in Houston County for such a program.
  • Park Grove Bowl
    • It’s easy to enjoy good times at Park Grove Bowl with the whole family! Just kick-back and have a ball with: 24 synthetic lanes; automatic scoring and bumpers, glow-and-bowl and great values on League and Open Bowling.

(please note, not all of the camps listed are wheelchair accessible)

  • Academy of Whole Learning
    • We offer a wide range of academic, recreational, and social skills programs for students entering grades K-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and individual learning needs.
  • Autism Society of Minnesota
    • AuSM exists to enhance the lives of individuals with ASD, realizing its mission through education, support, collaboration, and advocacy.
  • Camp Character & Camp of Champs (Family Foundations Minnesota)
    • Our camps are fully committed to developing character and social skills for children with special needs ages 9-17. These 1-2 week long camps are geared to focus on respect, boundaries, and appropriate behavior and our LITE "Leaders in Training Experience" sessions for ages 12-17 focus on leadership, advocacy & transition skills.
  • Down Syndrome Camp
    • Summer Camp is a right of passage for young people. Down Syndrome Camp is no exception! It is where new friendships are forged through shared experiences and the unforgettable adventure of being away from home overnight. Lifelong memories are etched into the mind, and happiness abounds!
  • E.X.I.T.E. Camp (day camp)
    • PACER’s mission of EX.I.T.E. Camp is to empower middle school girls with disabilities in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). EX.I.T.E. Camp provides a safe and supported environment for hands-on learning as well as a place to meet new friends and create lasting memories.
  • Mount Olivet Rolling Acres
    • Mount Olivet Rolling Acres’ Discover Summer Camp is a therapeutic day camp for youth on the autism spectrum. This unique camp offers small group sizes (6-12 campers per session) for kids ages 9-16 and is designed for children who need an alternative to traditional summer day camp programs, including those with significant behavior challenges. 
  • St. David's Adventure
    • Through after-school and summer programming at sites throughout the metro, participants engage in a variety of “adventures” that allow them to experience new activities in their community in a safe and therapeutic setting.
  • True Friends
    • Our program provides opportunities to develop an appreciation of nature, live cooperatively with others, share in the responsibilities of group living, develop new leisure interests, experience traditional camp activities, and have fun!
  • West Metro Horse Camp
    • At West Metro Horse Camp, in order to be a good "horse hand" we start with the basics and teach the children about why the horse acts and does what he does. This is the key to communication and how to get the results you want. Success with the horse depends on whether someone knows this or not.
  • Ironwood Springs Wheelchair Sports Camp
    • Ironwood invites youth and adults with physical challenges of all levels to participate in a variety of sport-themed activities in a supportive and inspiring team environment.
  • Ideal Cheer Elite
    • Ideal Cheer Elite is the first and only USASF All-Star cheerleading gym in Northern Minnesota. Currently the program offers a team for all ages (3+) and is continuing to offer classes and camps
  • ARLE (Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange)
    • Adaptive recreation and learning opportunities specifically for individuals with disabilities.
    • The award-winning Adult Academic Program (AAP) helps adults improve educational skills in order to achieve their academic and personal goals. Our team of more than 30 licensed teachers and support staff is committed to providing a flexible, caring, and friendly environment for learning.
  • St. Paul Adaptive Recreation Community Happenings (ARCH)
    • Adaptive Recreation provides a comprehensive recreational program for Saint Paul residents of all ages who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Since its inception in 1976, Adaptive Recreation has evolved from offering primarily recreational activities to providing educational, social, cultural, and recreational services.
  • ARC-People First
    • Arc supports people with IDD in navigating disability issues and systems. We seek to protect and promote human rights of people with IDD.
  • Bridging Hearts
    • Bridging Hearts provides quality social connections, both online and in person, for an underserved population of isolated and lonely young adults with learning differences including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bridging Hearts will provide and maintain a supportive community where everyone feels valued.
  • Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
    • The Community Education program is committed to a mission which emphasizes learning as a lifelong process. Community Education offers classes and learning opportunities to people of all ages, birth through senior citizen, and all abilities
  • Centennial Community Education
    • We offer educational, recreational, social and cultural programs including enrichment classes, outings, aquatics, Early Childhood programming, School Readiness Preschool, facility use, driver education, Kids Club (school-age care), preschool and more.
  • City of Brooklyn Park
    • We have a wide range of adaptive recreation opportunities available for people of all abilities!
  • Mad Hatter Wellness
    • Mad Hatter Wellness creates comprehensive sexual health education programming that educates, trains and empowers people with intellectual disabilities and their support systems.
  • Highland Friendship Club*
    • HFC's mission is to serve individuals with disabilities by providing opportunities to develop skills, friendships and community connections.
  • ISD 622 Community Education
    • Our mission is to provide inclusive opportunities for adults with disabilities to build and maintain friendships, learn, serve and become active members of the community.
  • Livewires - Developmental Disabilities, Carla at 952-447-6508
  • Magnifying Abilities
    • Magnifying Abilities is a social/recreational program for persons with mental or physical disabilities. The program is designed to enhance the community involvement and life long learning of adults with disabilities. Included are craft and informational classes, tours, sporting events as well as other outings.
  • United 2 Fight Paralysis*
    • Unite 2 Fight Paralysis exists to unite and empower the international spinal cord injury community to cure paralysis through advocacy, education, and support for research.
  • PACER Center
    • PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.
  • Meridian Services
    • Our commitment includes a promise to encourage self-determination and self-advocacy and to develop policies and practices that support these philosophies. The further development of a self-determined life enhances each person’s feelings of competence and well-being. Our focus on person-centered processes assists individuals with articulating and realizing future goals.
  • Minneapolis Community Education-Access Services
    • Access offers classes designed for people with developmental disabilities who are interested in community-driven learning opportunities.
  • Opportunity Partners
    • Established in 1953, Opportunity Partners is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that works alongside people with disabilities to provide job training, employment and residential support for people to live more independently, succeed on the job and lead lives filled with purpose and meaning.
  • Project Power
    • The Adults with Special Needs program (also known as "Project Power") provides specialized classes for adults with disabilities. Activities and classes offer educational, recreational and social activities for participants that practice life skills to increase independence, communication, and community integration. 
  • Project SOAR*
    • Project SOAR is a community education program serving adults with disabilities, designed to enhance and promote lifelong learning and community connections.
  • Reach for Resources
    • Reach is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support individuals with disabilities and mental illness to reach their full potential.
  • River Valley Project Explore
    • We'd like to extend an invitation for you to participate in a variety of activities offered through Project Explore. We are a Community Education program serving adults with disabilities. We are a consortium of five school districts including Burnsville, Farmington, Lakeville, Randolph and Rosemount.
  • St. David's Children and Family Development
    • At St. David's Center looks to build relationships that nurture the development of every child and family
  • Valley Friendship Club
    • Valley Friendship Club promotes and provide safe accessible social opportunities while fostering friendships.
  • Vision Loss Resources
    • Vision Loss Resources creates a community of service, skills, and support for people with vision loss.
  • Hope Fieldhouse
    • Our mission is to raise money to build a facility in Rosemount so that everyone, including those with special needs, has a place to play.
  • Interact Center
    • Exemplify idea of community integration by supporting artists with and without disabilities working side by side every day.
  • Epilepsy Foundation Minnesota*
    • EFMN helps those affected by epilepsy connect with one another.
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System- Recreation Therapy
    • VA Recreation Therapy provides adaptive sports and therapeutic arts programs and education for Veterans.
  • University of Minnesota Rec Wellness
    • To serve all students and the greater University community by enriching the campus experience and encouraging lifelong wellbeing.
  • GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities
    • GiGi’s Playhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis and send a global message of acceptance for all.
  • Special Olympics Club at the UMN
    • SOUMN unites those with & without disabilities through athletics & events. We offer Unified Intramurals, the Gopher Polar Plunge, and more. 
  • CEND
    • CEND members represent Community Education programs that offer educational, social and recreational opportunities throughout the state of MN
  • RUMI*
    • Rumi matches individuals who have a disability with a caregiver-roommate. The end goal is a living situation that helps both parties thrive
  • Wiggle Your Toes
    • To empower those who have lost a limb to move forward, take action and get back to the life they want.
  • University of Minnesota Disability Services
    • The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to eliminate or minimize barriers and facilitate inclusion on campus.
  • Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)
    • Leisure Education for Exceptional People, Inc. (LEEP) enriches lives through inclusive education, recreation and healthy living opportunities. Programming is designed to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Greater Mankato Area.
  • Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    • The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance offers support to Minnesotans affected by brain injury through, advocacy and public policy, resource facilitation services, which provide personal one-on-one connection to information and resources, case management for individuals on TBI or CADI waivers, and statewide educational opportunities.
  • Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis (GUSU2Cure)*
    • Get Up Stand Up To Cure Paralysis (GUSU) is a nonprofit organization in Minnesota working to unite, educate and support those dealing with Spinal Cord Injuries and to advocate for research and the restoration of function.
  • Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association
    • The Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury Association (MNSCIA) is committed to enriching the lives of people in Minnesota who have been impacted by spinal cord injury or paralysis.
  • Minnesota Spina Bifida Association
    • The mission of MNSBA is to increase awareness about Spina Bifida and enhance the lives of those affected.
  • Minnesota Independence College and Community
    • Our programs are focused on delivering curriculum and supports in the areas of independent living skills, social and emotional learning, career skills and employment, and healthy living. We believe our participants can fulfill their potential and live an independent, vibrant life.
  • Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans Association
    • Founded in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a national organization dedicated to serving former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered catastrophic paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury or disease.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Minneapolis
    • MDA takes a big-picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures. The power in their research approach is that they can often apply learnings from one disease to achieve progress in others to bring urgently needed answers to families. 
  • Achilles International
    • Achilles International, a global organization operating in 25 countries including the US, transforms the lives of people with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection. Since our founding in 1983, we have empowered over 150,000 athletes of all ages and ability levels to participate in endurance events around the globe.
  • Power Soccer Shop
    • PowerSoccerShop.com wants to equip each and every Power Soccer athlete in the world...period. We are committed to helping everyone who wants to play...be able to play. We will provide quality products at the best price with the ease of point-n-click shopping.
  • Access Press
    • Access Press exists to promote the social inclusion and legal rights of people with disabilities by providing a forum for news, features, opinion and conversation to benefit people who are often invisible and marginalized in mainstream society
  • Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
    • Empowers individuals and families, to create community, and to celebrate the abilities of people with Down syndrome.
  • Fraser
    • Fraser is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Fraser serves infants through adults with healthcare, housing, education and employment
  • Midwest Special Services
    • A nonprofit organization supporting individuals with disabilities, founded in 1949. We were originally known as United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Paul, and provided support to children with Cerebral Palsy.
  • West Metro Learning Connection
    • Social Skills for individuals with ASD and other Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs, such as ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Reactive Detachment Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. No diagnosis is required.
  • Hutchinson Adaptive Recreation
    • Adaptive Recreation is a weekly activity program specially geared for mentally and/or physically challenged teens and adults.
  • Pedal and Roll for Parkinson's
    • Pedal and Roll for Parkinson's is a non profit providing outdoor cycling experiences on balance friendly, state of the art trikes/tandems. 
  • Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling *
    • Youth & adults with disabilities. Enhancing Independence and Building Community through Adaptive Cycling
  • Courage Kenny Sports & Recreation – Adaptive Cycling
    • Organizes weekly rides throughout the Twin Cities and Duluth. Individuals are loaned handcycles and recumbent trikes or ride their own bike.
  • GB Kids
    • Sales of Adaptive Bikes for youth and adults, special needs joggers and strollers for active families. Test ride by appointment.
  • Freedom Concepts
    • Designing adaptive bikes and alternative seating for mobility, therapy, and fun since 1991. Give us the need. We will find the concept.
  • MidWest School of Diving*
    • MidWest School of Diving offers adaptive scuba diving; offering training, and scuba adventures to individuals with disabilities.
  • Disabled Veterans Restoration thru Recreation Scuba/Veterans Scuba*
    • Disabled Vets, We use Scuba as an alternative form of mental/physical therapy in lieu of opioids Saving veterans lives, one Dive at a time.
  • Free-Daptive Scuba*
    • Provides SCUBA training and diving opportunities to those individuals who feel SCUBA diving is unattainable due to physical and cognitive challenges and to develop continuing relationships and overcome obstacles to SCUBA diving for individuals with disabilities.
  • Stay Focused Scuba
    • Stay-Focused offers a unique, transformational learning experience to teens and young adults with disabilities. Through a SCUBA diving certification program, participants gain confidence, develop leadership skills, and become more independent.
  • FlexAbility Fitness
    • Teaching adapted fitness classes around the Metro area (and 1 on 1 sessions), usually using circuits or fitness games, I have developed.
  • Twin Cities F. I. T. 
    • Interdisciplinary health/wellness approach that specializes in exercise for individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses. 
  • Lions United Fitness Center*
    • To provide professional health and fitness to athletes with disabilities and their families at little to no cost.
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute -  Aquatics and Fitness*
    • Provide group and 1:1 aquatics and fitness therapies to clients of all ages and abilities.
  • Studio Me Fitness
    • Studio ME is more than just another gym, studio, or place to workout. It’s a fitness family, a community of people coming together to support each other crush their health and fitness goals.
  • ExercisAbilites Rochester
    • Provides equitable community access to lifelong supportive therapeutic health promotion services to people of all abilities
  • Fit 4 Recovery
    • A gym focused on providing quality fitness-based training for adaptive athletes, individuals with neurological impairments, and anyone else who wants to get strong.
  • The Perfect Fit
    • The Perfect Fit provides adaptive fitness through personal training, creating a friendly and supportive environment.
  • Fitness Evolution
    • Fitness Evolution is a no-judgment zone. Our fitness center locations in Zimmerman, Buffalo and Monticello, MN have equipment and classes for all ages and skill levels.
  • Cross Fit 5885/ 5885 Adaptive
    • An inclusive community made up of people of all ages, abilities and walks of life who have decided to live life to its fullest.
  • CHOICE (SHAPE Fitness Center)
    • CHOICE, Inc. is a team of professionals dedicated to creating partnerships and programs that enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Twin Cities Twisters Gymnastics
    • Our mission is to bring out the champion in ALL children, not only in the gym but in LIFE! We will achieve this mission by believing in the potential of every child, providing a high level of instruction across all level of instruction across all levels, and creating a positive and safe environment for all to excel and grow as athletes and individuals.
  • Mini Hops Gymnastics
    • MHG impacts kids beginning at 6 months to adult with all abilities and their families with positive and powerful life lessons.
  • Minnesota Sled Hockey Association*
    • Adult and youth sled hockey clubs, with 55 members, with mission to provide high quality sled hockey programs for all.
  • Minnesota Special Hockey for developmental disabilities*
    • A stand up ice hockey program for athletes of all ages and abilities. They have nearly 270 skaters in 15 cities across the state of Minnesota.
  • MN Wild Blind Hockey*
    • MWBH is dedicated to providing children and adults with vision impairments the opportunity to participate in ice hockey.
  • Power Hockey
    • Provides a quality hockey program for persons requiring the use of an electric (power) wheelchair in daily life.

    Founded in 2016, The Shooting Star Foundation is a Christian non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to Minnesota families for the care and development of children with special needs.

    • Ambition Taekwondo
      • We're a martial arts school in Burnsville, members of the Adaptive Martial Arts Association
    • Courage Kenny Adaptive Martial Arts
      • Instructors teach self-defense, knowledge of your surroundings, personal fitness and an “I can” attitude. The Martial Arts program teaches the art of Soo Bahk Do. 
    • Rock Steady Boxing*
      • Gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.
    • Dragon Crane Martial Arts*
      • Dragon Crane provides martial arts programs for wellness to anyone seeking to learn, regardless of ability to pay.
    • Table Tennis Minnesota
      • Provides tournaments, training and league opportunities for individuals in the Twin Cities area.
    • USTA Northern
      • Promotes and develop the growth of tennis in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and northwestern Wisconsin. They partner with local organizations to run adaptive and wheelchair tennis programs.
    • Ballet Royale Minnesota: Ballet Beyond Barriers
      • Ballet Royale offers a wide variety of programs, providing classes from toddlers taking their first steps in our ground breaking Mommy & Me classes, teens stepping into a professional dance career, adults revisiting or practicing their first plies, to professionals wanting to augment their training. Our unique offerings range from comprehensive training programs to customized plans and private coaching.
    • Capernaum Adaptive Dance
      • Adaptive dance classes are designed for children with orthopedic, neurological, or other diagnoses as an opportunity for them to explore movement and dance in a recreational setting. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to use wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. throughout the classes if needed.
    • Darby's Dancers
      • QC Dance is the proud home of Darby’s Dancers-Blaine! Darby’s Dancers is a non-profit organization that provides specialized classes for dancers with special needs. Each dancer is paired with a volunteer coach and will take class once a week. There is no charge to dancer/families for the classes. 
    • Gateway to Guthrie Theater
      • Theater entertains, but it also educates. From onsite classes for individuals to customized experiences for groups, our education offerings seek to connect people of all ages and abilities with the artistry of the Guthrie.
    • Minnesota Accessible Activities Calendar 
      • Minnesota Accessible Activities Calendar highlights accessibility features in order to ensure all are welcome.
    • Northland School of Dance
      • Offers dance classes in both recreational and competitive levels, for ages 2 ½ – adult. Classes include: jazz, tap, ballet, Pointe’, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, acro, boy only classes, special needs classes, adult classes, a full range of technique classes and more!
    • Our Dance Place
      • Our Dance Place Is a result of a deep conviction and belief that people with disabilities should be able to enjoy their friends in a social environment. They provide a safe hassle-free social environment where people with disabilities can come together be with their friends, meet new friends and enjoy the musical atmosphere and activities.
    • Studio 4 Dancers
      • Studio 4 Dance's Adaptive program gives children with special needs an opportunity to express themselves through dance and movement.
    • Uniquely Abled Dance Center
      • Provides dance lessons for children and adults with disabilities. There are programs for Wheelchair users, kids with cognitive disabilities, and for kids who are blind or visually impaired.
    • Woodbury Dance Center
      • Woodbury Dance Center is a family-orientated dance studio offering quality dance instruction for ages 18 months to adults. 
    • Young Dance*
      • Young Dance integrates individuals with and without disabilities in the exploration, creation, and performance of dance.
    • Northern Starz Theatre Company*
      • Northern Starz offers creative theatre for artists with special needs; including The Penguin Project, Theatre Camp & on-going Classes.
    • QC Dance
      • QC Dance is one of the few studios with a long successful lifespan. A forerunner in the industry and community, QC Dance is the leader in providing dancers unique and memorable opportunities for all ages, desires and commitment levels.
    • Stages Theatre Company C.A.S.T.
      • C.A.S.T. is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities.
    • Simply Jane/Art Able
      • Simply Jane provides open paint, classes and parties, summer camps and specific special needs programming. All abilities are welcome.
    • Upstream Arts*
      • Using the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.
    • Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) (Choir)
      • This group provided services based on the social model of aphasia intervention, supported communication strategies, and life participation approaches to aphasia.
    • Singing Heart   
      • Our mission is to provide music therapy for all individuals regardless of age, difference, or disability. We strive to serve those individuals whose needs are often unmet due to disability or health impairment, and who may not fully respond to traditional medical and/or therapeutic modalities.
    • Twin Cities Music Therapy*
      • We creatively meet the individualized needs of people of all ages and abilities through music therapy!
    • Capable Partners*
      • Making outdoor enthusiasts aware of adaptive equipment, events, and activities that can get them more involved in the outdoors
    • Fishing Has No Boundaries®, Inc.
      • Fishing Has No Boundaries provides recreational fishing opportunities for all anglers with disabilities regardless of their age, race, gender, or disability.
    • Let’s Go Fishing
      • Fishing and boating is such a common past-time for Minnesotans and we may often take for granted how easy it is for many of us to enjoy our state’s beautiful lakes and rivers. LGF returns the outdoor experience to those whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to fish, boat or enjoy time with friends on the water.
    • Minneapolis Park and Recreation
      • Provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment.
    • Minnesota Broken Wing
      • The Minnesota Broken Wing Connection offers individuals with physical disabilities the chance to rediscover or discover for the first time, the outdoor activities available to them.
    • Minnesota DNR
      • The DNR is committed to creating a healthy, sustainable, and livable Minnesota for you. We are dedicated to protecting and managing land, water, fish and wildlife -- and providing access to outdoor recreation opportunities.
    • Three Rivers Park District – Adaptive Recreation*
      • Enhancing the quality of life, locally and statewide, through recreation and education
    • Twist of Fate
      • Twist of Fate was created by a group of dedicated sportsmen and archers in an effort to make the sport of archery more accessible to anyone with the desire to shoot
        a bow and arrow or crossbow, regardless of their physical limitations.
    • Wilderness Inquiry*
      • Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures.
    • SpineCore Foundation
      • SpineCore is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people with physical disabilities through outdoor adaptive sports.
    • The Loppet Foundation
      • We create a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families. Partners with CKRI Sports & Recreation to offer adaptive Nordic lessons at Theodore Wirth Park.

    Accessible playgrounds in Minnesota

    • List of accessible playgrounds
    • New Ulm Accessible Playground
      Hermann Heights Park & Monument
      14 Monument Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
      • The playground is engineered to provide a unique mixture of activities, working out major muscle groups, balancing, climbing, upper-body and sensory activities. The site incorporates natural features such as rocks, trees stumps and boulders.
    • St. David's Center
      • The equipment is specifically designed for children ages three to 10 at all stages of motor, cognitive and social development for children all of physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities. Children will discover the open-ended, creative, outdoor play in nature that so many of us experienced in our childhoods. Please note: During business hours, the playground is only open to children supervised or approved by St. David's staff. The playground is open to the general public 6 - 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekends.
    • Fallenstein Playground
      • Fallenstein Playground is an all – inclusive playground at Caswell Park in North Mankato that allows all abilities to have fun. This playground features an accessible surface and equipment designed for children of all abilities.
    • BeepBall: Contact Coach Dennis Stern, 651-452-5324
    • Blaine Area Miracle League
      • The Blaine Little League Challenger Series is a division of BALL that provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.
    • Miracle League of North Mankato
      • The Miracle League of North Mankato offers adaptive sports programs for athletes of all abilities. We are located in South West Minnesota
    • West Metro Miracle Athletics
      • WMMA provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball, kickball or basketball as a team member in an organized league.
    • Minnesota Fighting Lions Beep Baseball
      • The Minnesota Fighting Lions offers a recreational beep ball program every Saturday throughout the summer months. This is an excellent way for people who are new to beep ball, or who may not be able to make the commitment required to play on a competitive team, to enjoy the sport.
    • Clownfish Swim Club*
      • The mission of the Clownfish Swim Club is to provide a swim team environment for children and young adults with disabilities. Our goal is to promote healthy advancement through physical, social, emotional, recreational and cognitive development.
    • Swim Possible*
      • Adaptive 1-1 swim lessons for Autistic, Down Syndrome, ADHD, high anxiety and other special needs individuals.
    • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Aquatics
      • Provides adaptive swim lessons and aquatics classes.
    • MN STAR program
      • A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration. STAR's mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. 
    • Rollx Vans
      • Rollx Vans is a nationwide provider of accessible vehicles
    • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Assistive Technologies
      • Whether you are interested in computer access, a memory aide or an adapted toy for your child, we can help.
    • Hammer Travel
      • At Hammer Travel, we organize fun-filled, all-inclusive vacations for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Whether you’re after gorgeous landscapes, thrilling adventures, or tasty cuisine, we’ll hit it all throughout our various trips for disabled adults.
    • True Friends Ventures Travel
      • Our mission is to provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem and provide necessary supports to facilitate a safe and memorable vacation experience for anyone who desires to travel.
    • Charlie Wittwer Wheelchair Athletics Foundation
      • Our group provides sports training and athletic competition for adults with physical disabilities.
    • Roll with It
      • Roll With It (RWI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sports training, competition, and recreation in a variety of wheelchair and adapted sports for individuals with physical disabilities. Giving them continuing lifelong opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other wheelchair athletes and the community.
    • Special Olympics
      • Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.
    • Live it Limitless
      • To support the dreams of those living with spinal cord injuries while providing resources and inspiration to live an active lifestyle.
    • Joy Collaborative
      • Joy Collaborative is a partnership of impassioned doers and givers – designers, architects and builders; donors, volunteers and sponsors – who come together to transform youth's personal spaces. 
    • North Country Region Volleyball
      • We have a desire to grow volleyball in all aspects, including sitting volleyball. We hope to reach out and spark some volleyball interest.
    • Four Seasons Curling Club
      • Four Seasons Curling Club offers year round curling opportunities.
    • Mind Body Solutions
      • We provide adaptive yoga for everybody. We also train teachers from around the world. We hope to raise awareness about our programs.
    • We Love to Play
      • We provide recreational sports activities for adults with disabilities who may have played the same sports at the high school level
    • Creating Ability
      • Creating Ability exists to remove physical barriers to sporting activities by creating adaptations to enable participants and volunteers.
    • iFly Indoor Skydiving
      • Our Mission: To deliver the dream of flight. Benefit to consumer: The exhilarating freedom that comes from escaping the weight of the world.
    • Adaptive Skate Kollective
      • ASK is a coalition of adaptive athletes and supporters that aim not just to bridge gaps, but eliminate them entirely.
    • Minnesota State High School League
      • The Minnesota State High School League provides educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletics and fine arts programs, and provides leadership and support for member schools.
    • Hope Inc.
      • We are a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides family friendly sporting and recreational opportunities critical to the health and development of children and adults. HOPE Inc. will provide your family some exciting opportunities that you may not find in schools and most public education groups and organizations.
    • Dare 2 Tri
      • We encourage recreation, racing, and competition, while also cultivating a sense of community for all athletes, who are not labeled by physical ability, but rather their determination and will to succeed.
    • Courage Kenny Blizzards Power Soccer Team
      • Join the fast and exciting sport of power soccer! The season starts in the fall and continues into May. Get ready to kick things into gear and have some fun with other passionate soccer players. Power soccer uses special adaptive equipment attached to your power wheelchair and is played in a gym. All equipment is provided.
    • Circus Juventus
      • Circus Juventas works to ensure that all people have equal access to its performing arts classes, performances, employment, and volunteer opportunities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Upon request, information can be made available in alternative formats.

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