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The YMCA is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and part of that commitment is serving those kids and adults with special needs. The Y offers a variety of organized adaptive programs. If you or a family member has a special need, contact any of our locations for details on how you can participate. Parent participation may be required for some youth programs.

For individuals with special needs, participation in sports and recreational activities means even more as it also increases their self-worth, builds lasting friendships and offers an oasis from everyday struggles.

The Y offers the following adaptive lessons modified for individuals with disabilities. An individual assessment will be done by a certified instructor in order to determine placement in swim lessons.

  •     Adaptive Swim Lessons
  •     Adaptive Swim Lessons with Aid
  •     Youth Adaptive Swim Lessons
  •     Adult Adaptive Swim Lessons
  •     MS Stroke Recovery Water Exercise
  •     Waterwheels

The Y offers the following wellness and fitness options for individuals with disabilities. Programs are designed for individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory or multiple disabilities. Instructors will design a program to meet individual needs.

  •     One-on-One Fitness
  •     Exercise for People with Parkinson’s

Go team! Sports options focus on fun while teaching the core values of the Y. Through a variety of sports and large motor activities, participants will foster independence, improve strength, gain confidence and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.

  •     Adaptive Sports of all Sorts
  •     Youth Wheelchair Basketball
  •     Adaptive Kick Ball (with a buddy)


Miracle League of Milwaukee        (Ages 4-19)

The Miracle League of Milwaukee is Milwaukee's first universally-accessible baseball league, for children with physical and mental disabilities. The Miracle League allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Miracle League baseball is played on a custom-designed field featuring a cushioned, rubberized, completely flat surface to prevent injuries and allow access for the
                            visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. 

                          The Miracle League Complex opened in August 2011 and is located at the
                          Northwest YMCA (formerly the John C. Cudahy YMCA).

For more information on the above listings, contact Sonja Coster at 414-274-0921.

For more information, contact:

Sonja Coster
(414) 274-0921