Recreation in Florida.
Please write to WaiverInfo@aol.com if you know of any other resources.
Florida Special Olympics web page has a list of local contacts, calendars, and other recreational links.
YMCA - Open Doors Scholarship
Did you know that YMCA is a not-for-profit agency? They are known for their health clubs, but have other community resources as well.
The YMCA offers scholarship programs for anyone that needs help paying for a membership to their health club. They say they won't turn anyone down due to limited income. Visit a YMCA near you and ask about the "Open Doors" program. From my experience, people that are on SSI usually pay about 30 dollars per year to join a YMCA health club. The membership fees are based on a sliding scale. Several years ago, I was making 22 thousand dollars per year, and they gave me a 25 percent discount. They also waived my membership fee. So, remember, a lot of people will qualify, even if they do earn a good wage.
If you are interested in applying for the Open Doors Program, you will need the following things: completed and signed open doors application; copy of last years tax return; copy of last two pay stubs/ social security checks/ or disability checks; copy of medicaid/and or food stamp card; two letters of recommendation; cover letter explaining why you are applying for the Open Doors Scholarship Assistance Program.
This program is for kids and adults who have physical challenges. The program helps people find support and friendships. There are several programs, some are for one-to-one friendships, others are for pen-pals.
Ride Safe- Wheelchairs in Vans
This is a great website that explains exactly how to safely transport someone in a van if they need to stay in the wheelchair. It explains safety for people who use wheelchairs- selecting wheelchairs and tie down equipment, securing wheelchairs in vans, and properly restraining the rider.