City of Alexandria, VA
Programs and Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Therapeutic Recreation Program Office
1108 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
The goal for all programs is for registrants to learn skills that will enable them to participate as independently as possible in community recreation activities. Participants are encouraged to register early to avoid being closed out of programs. All programs are subject to cancellation for insufficient registration.
Programs & Activities
- Therapeutic Recreation Summer Program
- Mainstream After-School Program
Ages 6-12. For youth with behavioral and emotional disabilities that are ready for inclusion in general recreation programming. Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Therapeutic Recreation staff approval required for program eligibility.
Sep & Jun
M-F 3-6 pm
- Little Dippers
Ages 6-12. For youth with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Program includes recreational aquatics, arts & crafts, games, sports, exercise, field trips, life skill programs, and opportunities for socialization.
Oct - May
M-F 3-6 pm CHINQ & LEE
- Kids’ Day Out
Ages 6-12. Programs designed to provide recreation and respite for youth with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Program will be held on scheduled ACPS teacher work days.
Oct - May
9:30-4 pm LEE
- Sensory Time Exploration Program (STEP)
The STEP program provides opportunities for parent-child interaction in the multi-sensory room. The program is geared towards children with sensory and/or developmental disabilities. The multi-sensory includes Aroma Therapy, Interactive Bubble Columns, Ladder Lights, Leaf Chair, Somatron Body Pillow, Fiber Optic Lights and a Tactile Wall. Call to sign up.
Sep - Jun
M-Sa 10 am-2 pm LEE
- Teen Scene
Ages 13-17. For teens with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Program includes arts & crafts, games, sports, exercise, field trips, life skill programs, and opportunities for socialization.
TBA 3-6 pm TBA
- Friday Nite Hype
Ages 17-27. For teens and young adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Participants develop leisure interests, awareness, and skills through program outings, activities and special events, which are planned by group participants. Meeting locations are at the Mt. Vernon and Patrick Henry Recreation Centers.
Oct - May
F 6–9 pm TBA
- Adult Social Club
Ages 18 & up. Program for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Participants develop leisure interests, awareness, and skills through program outings, activities, and special events, which are all planned by participants as a group.
Sep - May
Sa 11 am-4 pm LEE
- Art Works
Ages 18 & up. Art program for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities, Participants work on weekly art projects and explore various art media under the direction of an accomplished artist and Therapeutic Recreation staff.
Oct - May
M 3:30-5 pm LEE
- TOP Soccer
Ages 5-18. Coordinated through the Alexandria Soccer Association, this program is a basic skill-building program that focuses on team participation and having fun. Youth with and without disabilities are eligible to attend. This is an eight-week program beginning in March and September.
Su 2-3:15 pm CHINQ Field
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer Instructor Program – VIP
Volunteers have an opportunity to work with younger children while under the supervision of a Therapeutic Recreation Leader while conducting programs. For more information, call 703.746.5422.
- The Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Council meets quarterly on Monday evenings, 7 pm at the Lee Center. For more information, call 703.746.5422.
- Services and Transportation
The Department has adopted the L.I.F.E., Leisure Is For Everyone, philosophy, and the Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA accommodations may include, but are not limited to, furnishing assistive listening devices, providing sign language interpreters and meeting with an instructor or staff prior to the start of an activity, class or event to discuss any concerns. To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the specific facility where the program is provided at least four weeks in advance. DOT Para Transit Service and Metro Access provide specialized transportation services for area residents with disabilities. For ADA assistance, call 703.746.5422.