Adapted Recreation

Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs
The Plano Parks and Recreation Adapted Recreation programs offer recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs from 12 months to over 60 years of age. Programs are offered year round and provide a variety of activities such as; fitness, crafts and fine arts, education, outings and a variety of other programs that meet the needs of children/teens and adults with disabilities. Most classes are held at Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Drive. See our Leisure Catalog for location, dates and times.
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Although these programs are recreational, there are many benefits that are inherent within each of the programs. They stress social interaction, self-direction, speech and language and community involvement. These recreational programs provide a safe environment, respite for parents and caregivers, and learning through a variety of classes. Staff and volunteers are there to assist each participant in getting the most out of each program they attend.

Click here to watch a brief video about our programs.

Classes, Trips and Events
Adapted Recreation offers a wide variety of classes, trips and special events year-round.  The Leisure Catalog lists programs offered during the year or you may search Leisure OnLine. All participants must be registered before attending a class or event.

Keeping Current
Stay current with Adapted Recreation by viewing our Fun with Adapted Recreation Newsletter. The newsletter is sent monthly by email. If you are not currently receiving the newsletter and would like to, please make sure we have your current email on file. You may also view the newsletter by clicking on the link below.  
August 2015 Newsletter
July 2015 Newsletter

Adapted Recreation Programs
Summer 2015 Programs

Offsite Activities
Dance Club
A fun night of dancing for ages 15 and up.  The dance is held monthly at the Plano Senior Center, 401 W. 16
th Street, 6:30-9:30.

Fun Bunch Bowlers
Fun Bunch Bowlers, for ages 15 and up, is held at Allen Bowling, 1011 S Greenville Avenue, Allen, on alternating Saturdays from 10-11:45.

Fun & Fitness Combo
This combo exercise class is offered at Crull Fitness, 2701 Custer Road, Ste. 801, Richardson. 

Ages 9-16 is offered on Tuesday evening, 6:30-7:30
Ages 17-30 is offered on Thursday evening 6:30-7:30

Classes for Parents - NEW
This year we are offering classes for parents. It is so important for parents to know and use this information as soon as possible. Parent registration is required. No childcare provided.

Guardianship 101 and Transition Planning - Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An attorney from Weeks Law Firm will be presenting guardianship and is it required when the child turns 18?  This class will also cover a comprehensive transition plan for a child turning 18.  Each presentation will be about 20 minutes and time left for questions.
*There has been a change of date for the Transition Planning class.  The Saturday class has been canceled and moved to Monday, September 14.

Special Needs Planning Workshop - Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
11 a.m. to Noo
Presented by Weeks Law Firm will explain the essential involved with special needs plan: special needs trust, wills, life insurance and retirement beneficiary designations, powers of attorney and life plan. 

Respite for Parents and Guardians
Kids Night Out
Monthly Respite program for children with disabilities from 1-10 years of age and their siblings held at Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Drive. It is usually held the second Friday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Kids Night Out Flyer

Adapted Recreation Program Guidelines

We thank you for your cooperation in following Adapted Recreation Guidelines. Read the following to insure the safety of your child.

  • Payment for all activities must be made before class time begins. Registration is required for all programs.
  • All participants must have a Participant Information Form on file each year with the Adapted Recreation Department.
  • Please provide a quick response should our staff contact you while your child is attending a program.
  • YOUR PROMPTNESS IN PICKING UP YOUR PARTICIPANT IS REQUESTED. The staff has other commitments after a program and your consideration is greatly appreciated. Late pick-ups of 15 minutes or more are subject to an additional fee.
  • If a participant is picked up by anyone other than their parent/guardian, please notify staff with a written letter that includes the name and phone number of the person. The person will then need to show a photo ID before picking up the participant.
  • Participants must have a ride home. They will not be allowed to walk home. For evening programs, parents should pick up the kids themselves or have prearranged public transportation, if appropriate.
  • For evening programs, please arrange prompt pick up. Many of our recreation centers are closed by 9 p.m. If an outing runs after 9 p.m., there is no indoor safe place for the participant to wait for a caregiver or taxi (when appropriate).
  • Participants requiring assistance with matters not directly related to the activities and needing assistance with toileting and feeding must bring an assistant.
  • Plano Adaptive Recreation reserves the right to send participants home if displaying in appropriate behaviors. If this occurs, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS GIVEN ON CLASS TIME THAT WAS MISSED FROM THE PROGRAM. Examples of, but not limited to are:
    • Failure to comply with directions or requests by staff
    • Harm to self. Physically harming/injuring self, staff, participants or volunteers
    • Destruction of property or improper use of property that belongs to the        program
    • Inappropriate language, actions and/or gestures
    • Disrespecting staff by talking back, not listening to staff or following directions
  • Smile! We may take photos of participants enrolled in our programs. These photos may be used to promote our programs through displays, brochures, videos, newsletters and social media. Please inform us in writing if you do not want your participant to be photographed.
Adapted Recreation welcomes anyone over the age of 15 that would like to volunteer during our programs. Volunteers do need to fill out an application form and a background check will be done on all adults.

Volunteer Form for Adapted Recreation