Recreational, Social & Learning Opportunities

Best Buddies Tennessee

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Borderless Arts, TN

Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement.

Buddy Cruise

Non-profit annual conference at sea providing educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delays. Includes activities for all ages and abilities. 

Buddy Up Tennis

Buddy Up Tennis exists to serve individuals with Down syndrome with the opportunity to learn the sport of tennis and engage in fitness activities in an enjoyable and supportive environment.  All children ages 5 or older and or adults with Down syndrome are welcome to participate in Buddy Up Tennis as an "Athlete," regardless of ability or prior experience. 

Camp Barnabas

Two-week, Christian camp in Memphis (ages 7-25) with intellectual disabilities and/or any autism spectrum disorder as part of their diagnosis. If your child thrives in smaller groups with less chaos and less noise, this program would work well for him/her. Campers in this program are ambulatory and able to tolerate outdoor activities as well.

The Camp Koinonia

Week-long residential outdoor education program for up to 150 children ages 7-21 who have a variety of disabilities, from East Tennessee. The program is organized, planned, and conducted by 150 University of Tennessee students as part of a course requirement. 

The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids, also known as CCK, is a world class medical camp located in Scottsville, KY, serving children and families from across the country who are living with a variety of medical challenges. 

Fellowship School of Dance

Weekly creative dance classes for children with special needs who otherwise would not be able to participate in a mainstream dance class. There will be a number of assistants in each age level to ensure that each student is receiving the attention and help they may need. 

Friends Life

Friends Life is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities by creating opportunities to develop socially, grow personally and enjoy community as they experience life together. This day program is for adults age 18 and older and fosters life long learning, opportunities for work and service, and more. 

Gifts From the Heart For Downs

Gifts from the Heart for Downs, a 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt organization, works to bring wishes to life for people with Down Syndrome.

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