Kids with autism can’t always participate in physical activity programs at their local community centre. Luckily, there are organizations across Canada that make sports and other physical activities accessible to them and other children with special needs.
The Centre for Autism Alberta offers a variety of classes for kids with autism and other disabilities, including soccer, skating and yoga.
Manitoba Families for Floortime connects families with provincial sports and recreation programs that support the participation of kids with autism.
Autism Ontario connects families with sports and recreation programs in the Toronto area.
Autisme Québec offers a variety of programs for kids and their families, province-wide.
The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador offers a wide variety of supports and programs to families of kids with autism, including swimming and gymnastics.
Special Olympics Canada offers a wide variety of sports options to those over the age of two who have an intellectual disability. There are chapters in every Canadian province and territory.
Special Hockey International offers hockey to developmentally challenged people of all ages. Most of the Canadian clubs are in Ontario, but supports are in place to help you start one in your area!
For a list of day camps and summer camps tailored specifically to kids with autism, check out camps.ca.
Are there other great Canadian organizations out there that aren’t on this list? Please add them in the comments.