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The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs.  The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8.

For information, please call or email Sarah Blech (434-970-3264) or Bob Isabelle (434-970-3269).

Annual Therapeutic Picnic, August 22 - click here

Click here for August News, Notes & Calendar

Our major means of advertising for various events is through a monthly calendar to arrive in your home by the first week of each month.  To be added to this mailing list, please contact Bob or Sarah.

Supper Club - This program provides small group outings monthly to local restaurants. Participants learn social skills, how to order a meal, pay for meal and tip and communication skills. This program provides small group outings monthly to local restaurants. Participants learn social skills, how to order a meal, pay for meal and tip and communication skills.

Day/Overnight Trips - Day and overnight trips are planned for individuals with disabilities.
The goals are to help with independence and self esteem as well as having fun while learning about local and state-wide attractions.  Contact Bob Isabelle (434-970-3269)

Activities for Individuals with Visual Impairments - A lunch and activity is held once a month at the Key Recreation Center for individuals with visual impairments. Contact Sarah Blech (434-970-3264)

C-Ville Cardinals LogoWheelchair Basketball
The Charlottesville Cardinals encourage teens and adults with mobility limitations who are interested in competitive wheelchair basketball to join their weekly Thursday evening practices. The local team plays games against teams from Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Maryland, North Carolina, and other east coast teams. For information, to volunteer or to give a donation contact Harry Bowen at 434-971-9629.  You can also check out the Cardinals website

Basketball - Teens and adults.  Mondays  3:45-4:45 pm Fall through Spring.  Come practice skills with your friends. Participants needing one to one assistance need to come with an aide or volunteer.  Drop in activity.

Therapeutic Classes - Therapeutic classes are offered for 6 weeks in exercise, hiking, swimming/water exercises, crafts, ceramics, cooking, social relationships, anger management, community outings, and others, for specific classes this season, please refer to Classes & Services listings on this Web site or contact Bob Isabelle at 434-970-3269

Do you have an ideas or suggestions for trips, classes, or activities you'd like offered?  Call Bob at 434-970-3269 or Sarah at 434-970-3264 to express your opinions.  We want to hear from you!

Therapeutic Water Exercise - $1.00 per time---Mon, Wed & Thurs---11-12 noon---Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.  Group instruction in water exercise, beginning swimming skills & water games are offered. Participants must be able to care for themselves in the dressing room. Limited openings.
Instructor: Sarah Blech (434-970-3264)

Therapeutic One-On-One Swim Instruction  - $60(R) $80(NR)
For non-ambulatory or extra special needs children, teens, & adults one on one instruction once a week for six sessions. Times and days vary depending on participant and instructor. You must bring your own personal care aide if assistance is needed in dressing room. Contact Sarah Blech (434-970-3264)

Special Olympic Training - Providing skill training and recreation in the areas of soccer, bowling, skiing, basketball, swimming, tennis, track & field, gymnastics and golf. These activities are sponsored by Virginia Area 3 Special Olympics which serves athletes ages 8 & above with mental retardation or significant cognitive disabilities. 

Cooperative Effort / Funding - The Charlottesville and Recreation Department has a cooperative partnership with Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department and Region Ten Community Services in administering recreation for individuals with disabilities. Both agencies contribute annually to the City Therapeutic Recreation budget. The three agencies work closely with one another in providing comprehensive recreation activities. Participants in the program also contribute financially to the program through class fees and donations. Individuals and private organizations often make financial donations. Through cooperative efforts of many individuals and organizations the City is able to offer high quality therapeutic recreation to the Charlottesville Albemarle area. Thank you Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, Region Ten Community Services, Therapeutic Participants and the Public for continued support.

Volunteers Needed
Anyone interested in being a volunteer with Therapeutic Recreation should call Sarah Blech at 434-970-3264 or Bob Isabelle (434-970-3269)

Poetry Project
An annual book of poems is written by individuals with disabilities and their parents, caregivers, counselors, etc. through VSA arts of Charlottesville Albemarle, Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation and the Independence Resource Center.  For more information on the books contact Sarah at 434-970-3264. On the Poetry Project link are some poems from "The Beauty In Me".

Summer Therapeutic Camps
Every summer the City sponsors a playground program for children with moderate disabilities, ages 8-21, at Crow Recreation Center, The program runs from 9 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. After the summer camp program ends there is a 1 week Camp Creativity Program, a 1 week Camp Green Challenge Program for teens with disabilities and a 1 week adult camp. For information on these programs contact Sarah (434-970-3264)