Recreational, Social & Learning Opportunities

Accessible Chef

Accessible Chef is a collection of free visual recipes and other resources to help teach cooking skills to individuals with disabilities. Looking for Your Special Chef? You're in the right place this site has the goal of making cooking accessible to everyone.

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 for Life

Buddy Up For Life, Inc. (formerly Buddy Up Tennis) is more than just a set of programs– we are a movement that utilizes tennis, fitness, and fun to make strides for the Down syndrome community and its allies nationwide.

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. 

Dancing Divas and Dudes

The Dancing Divas was started in Nashville as their first dance team for individuals with special needs. We are a nonprofit dance team that operates solely on donations. Each team member has the opportunity to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally at practices while learning a variety of dance genres. 

Easter Seals Tennessee

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Flip For Function

Flip for Function students learn by participating in individualized, strength-based treatment sessions to address muscle development, coordination, self regulation, body awareness, sensory integration and so much more! Gymnastics based therapy sessions focus on the strengths and unique needs.

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. 

GiGi's Playhouse Nashville

Provides free programs that are educational and therapeutic in nature to individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood, their families and the community. 

Inclusion Network of Nashville (INN)

The mission of the INN is to promote awareness, accessibility and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by building capacity throughout a community network of arts, education, athletic, and entertainment organizations.

Lifetime Pass to National Parks for People with Disabilities

A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) - that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

Maury Magic Riders

Maury Magic Riders is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization offering recreational and therapeutic horseback riding that helps young children through adults with disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Stroke, Autism, a wide range of learning disorders and also for individuals with impaired mobility.

Move Inclusive Dance

We are an inclusive dance studio that empowers individuals of all ability levels to learn life skills through dance. We use the power of movement and music to transform our students’ lives while providing a nurturing, inviting community for all.

Music City AllStars

Provides a positive experience for athletes with special needs. We strive to promote mental, physical, and spiritual development through dancing.

Music City Trykes

Music City Trykes is the middle Tennessee chapter of the national service organization, AMBUCS whose primary purpose is to provide AmTryke® adaptive tricycles to children & others who are unable to ride a bike without adaptive assistance.

Musical Bridges

Provides Music Therapy services to individuals with disabilities in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area.