Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)
The Special Programs Division offers a comprehensive social and
recreational program for people with disabilities of all ages
and abilities. The programs facilitate the development of leisure
and recreation skills, socialization, independence, and overall
enhancement of the quality of life. Programs are highly structured
utilizing trained staff, adaptive equipment and activities accompanied
by a high staff/participant ratio.
include Kids’ Care After School Programs, Leisure Skills
Development Program, summer day camps, teen and adult social clubs,
special events, outdoor programs, and seasonal skill development
is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Program registration
closes two weeks prior to the start date of the program. Call
the Special Programs Division Office at 301-454-1480.
M-NCPPC has thousands of activities planned for Prince George’s
County residents! Classes are offered in aquatics, computer skills,
crafts and hobbies, sports, visual arts and much more. For a complete
listing of activities go to: www.pgparks.com.
M-NCPPC encourages and supports the full participation of people
with disabilities in all programs and services alongside their
peers without disabilities. Accommodation Services include, but
are not limited to, use of companions, the provision of support
staff to enhance the staff/participant ratio, sign language interpreters,
assistive listening devices, and adapted equipment. To request
a disability accommodation, please notify the specific facility
where the program is provided at least two weeks in advance of
the program start date.
Information on inclusion services and disability accommodation,
call your area office:
Northern Area: 301-445-4500
Central Area: 301-218-6700
Southern Area: 301-203-6000
Information in Spanish: 301-445-4509
513 Progressive Drive, Suite P
Linthicum, MD 21090
In Prince George’s County contact:
Trish Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Lampe at email@example.com
Bob Janus at 301-808-4087 or
Dave Gill at 301-253-4758
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic
competition for people with developmental disabilities.
here to download the athlete application.
Danceability Special Needs Performing Arts
1711 Poplar Place Dundalk Md. 21222
Danceability was founded with the vision that people of all abilities
have the right to dance, move, and shake. Classes are open to
The Arc of Prince George’s County offers the
Summer Camp Guide, a directory of day and overnight camps
and vacation planning for children and adults with special needs.
and Vacation Options Melwood’s Camp Accomplish
offers a summer sleep away camp for children and teens
with and without disabilities.
Melwood also offers supported vacations throughout the year through
their Access Adventure program. Call Melwood
at 301-599-8000 or www.melwood.com
for more information.
Inc offers travel vacations throughout the U.S. and internationally
to people of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere.
or call 1-800-686-1013 for more information.
and Friends offer 5-day family retreats at multiple locations
around the U.S. The retreats are just for families of disabled
children. Visit www.joniandfriends.org
for more information on this summer program.
League for People with Disabilities offers year-round
camping weekends. Visit www.leagueforpeople.org
for more information, or call 410-323-0500.
Local Recreation and Leisure
Downtown Sailing Center
is a non-profit outreach organization whose mission is to make
the joy of sailing accessible to everyone, regardless of age,
income, ability or disability. We offer free or affordable access
to quality sailing programs and events without the cost of private
ownership or boat maintenance. Visit www.downtownsailing.org
for more information.
features a unique playground where children of all abilities can
play side-by-side. It is a playground where every child is welcome.
Children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory
or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground
experience of fun and exploration. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri
for more information.
Riding Program is an exciting program headed by seasoned
NARHA-certified instructors at the lovely, family-owned Merkel
Farm in Bowie, MD. The program offers riding lessons to children
and adults with cognitive, mental and/or physical disabilities.
For more information, contact Amy Wilcox at 703-431-0564 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Laurie Bay at 410-322-2993 or email@example.com.
offers two year-round recreational programs for children and youth:
Bennett Blazers Physically Challenged Sports Program
is offered to children 2-19 years old who cognitively function
at their age level and use a manual or motorized wheelchair. Children
who are ambulatory and use assistive devices also participate
in this program. The Motor Development Program
is designed to focus on improving fine and gross motor skills
for children 2-6 years old. Swimming instruction in a therapeutic
pool is part of this program. For more information: Contact Gwena
Herman at 443-923-7845 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
a respite day of fishing for the entire family. The event is free
to families of children with disabilities and chronic illness.
or visit the website at: www.wish-a-fish.org
Vacation Scholarship Programs
in memory of Sarah Ellen Petit, and administered and supported
by The Arc of Prince George’s County, this grant supplements
recreational and travel expenses for people with developmental
disabilities. The goal of this program is to foster the growth
of friendships, meaningful community relationships, and joy in
living for as many people in as many different life situations
as possible. The grant is awarded in amounts of up to $300.
requirements include the presence of a developmental
disability and either ongoing participation in programs and services
of The Arc, or membership in The Arc. If only a member, then the
individual or his/her family must have maintained membership for
at least one year prior to applying for funds; and the individual’s
intellectual or developmental disability must be identified and
supported with documentation, such as an IEP front page, DDA documentation,
or a doctor’s letter.
*Applicants may be eligible for funding on an every other year
basis. The exception to this rule is applicants from The Arc's
Residential Program, who may apply every year.
*Grants will cover direct costs such as registration, direct program
or event fees, or tickets. The fund will not cover food purchases,
gas purchases, money for souvenirs, or similar secondary items.
*If more than one qualifying applicant (plus a care giver) from
a family makes a combined application, applicants will be covered
at: $300 for the first applicant, $200 for the second applicant,
and $100 thereafter for each additional family applicant.
for more information. Click
here to download an application.The submitted application
must be completely filled out. Please also attach
documentation of expenses, such as travel or hotel fees,
camp registration, or class fees.
take four weeks to process, so please make sure to provide adequate
time between your application submission and the deadline of the
offers a variety of travel opportunities for individuals with
developmental disabilities. Destinations are exciting and unique,
and have an experienced and well-trained team to accompany each
group, ensuring a safe, fun and memorable travel experience. Visit
for more information.