Special Needs services and support requests
All recreation programs, services and public events offered within the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department are open to participants with disabilities, in respect of terms and conditions in department policy.
Note: Should you or a family member wish to discuss individual accommodation please allow 2 weeks’ notice for processing of the individual request. If you have registered online or by telephone you are still required to provide the 2 weeks’ notice.
Adapted and Integrated Recreation Programs For Persons with Disabilities
Adapted and integrated recreation programs are offered throughout various community centres giving children, youth and adults with special needs, the opportunity to participate in community recreation.
An intake meeting is advised to discuss support needs, program activity and program environment prior to participation.
For additional information on special needs and recreation participation, to schedule a meeting with Special Needs Staff or assistance with scheduled payments please contact the Special Needs Program Admin Clerk at 613-580-2424 ext 29283.
East District 613-447-3441
Central District 613-222-6594
South District 613-447-3426
West District 613-292-1798
Therapeutic City Wide Programs 613-798-3394
Please note: You will be required to complete a participant enrolment form prior to the meeting. To access this form please see links at bottom of page.
Integrated Recreation Programs for Persons with Disabilities
We are committed to including individuals with disabilities in Parks, Recreation and Cultural programs. In order to best meet your needs and promote meaningful recreational participation please contact the Special Needs Coordinator in your area so that we can discuss individual needs, provide leisure counseling and program referral.
Shared Care Integration offers a higher level of support to enable children with a special need to participate in a recreational activity or program.
Specialized recreational programs and activities are offered at identified centres and for various populations and ages throughout the City of Ottawa. Please refer to the Special Needs Guide.
Therapeutic Recreation Programs
The Special Needs Unit offers six Therapeutic Recreation Day Programs for adults with a developmental disability in partnership with Service Coordination and Developmental Services Ontario.
Please Note: Referral to these programs is managed by Developmental Services Ontario.
SCEL contact: 613-863-4009
SCEL Central contact: 613-295-2816
Variety East and Rendez-vous (francophone) contact: 613-325-6704
SCEL West and Variety West contact 613-798-3291
Acquired Brain Injury & Post-Stroke Day Program is offered through The City of Ottawa in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
For information on this program please contact the Coordinator, Special Needs Therapeutic Programs at 613-798-3394
SPIRIT Program is a Therapeutic Recreation program for children who are medically fragile . The program is offered in partnership with Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre for information contact the Coordinator, Special Needs Therapeutic Programs at
Please note: Referral to this program is managed through the Ottawa Childrens Treatment Centre.
All individuals registered in a City of Ottawa Recreational Program are responsible to follow the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
If participation in a program presents any serious risk to health and safety a support person* may be required to attend with the participant. *Support Person: is defined, per Section 4(8) Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, O. Reg. 429/07, as follows: “a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods
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