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. 

Books for Children about Down syndrome

These are great books to read to small children about Down syndrome or differences: Thoughtful by Dorene Williamson, My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson, This Is Ella by Krista Ewert, Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

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. 

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.