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Check the MSCR Program Guide for season classes.

MSCR offers a variety of sports and recreational activities designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.

Adaptive Programming for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

For information or questions: 608-204-3020, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is Madison School & Community Recreation’s mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals in the Madison Metropolitan School District and for the community by providing recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible to all.

MSCR offers year round, affordable, community-based recreation, social, physical and educational programs for individuals of all abilities.   Any individual with a disability is eligible to utilize MSCR’s Adaptive Recreation programs. The classes and activities are designed for people with disabilities, along with their family and friends.  Many adaptive programs are planned with specific populations in mind, so check the MSCR Program Guide to see which programs are appropriate for you and/or your child. 

All individuals with disabilities are eligible to enroll in any MSCR youth or adult program and seek assistance to participate through MSCR Inclusion Services.  Inclusion Services provide reasonable accommodations to individuals so everyone can participate in any MSCR program.  Learn more

Adaptive Programs offered:  

  • City Clubs, east and west sites:  Social activities and day trips designed primarily for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Fitness programming:
    • Fit Clubs (east and west): Fitness screening, nutrition education, weight lifting and other physical programming. Some programs are offered in cooperation with Wisconsin Special Olympics.
    • Chair Exercise: For adults with orthopedic and developmental disabilities.
  • Water Walking Fitness:  Self-directed or MSCR staff supported water fitness in a warm water east side pool for all adults with disabilities.
  • Golf: instructional (Vitense) and recreational (Glenway) options. Family/staff welcome but must pay the green fees.
  • Unified Sports in cooperation with Special Olympics Wisconsin;
    • Futsal, Indoor Soccer: All are welcome to participate including people without disabilities. Youth and adult programming.
    • Project Unify in cooperation with Special Olympics Wisconsin offered at several MSCR Middle and High School Afterschool Programs.
  • Sporting events:  Day trips include UW sports games, Milwaukee Brewers, Capitols hockey.  All ages welcome.  Staff/family members are welcome but must pay the ticket price.
  • Power Soccer: Designed for individuals with orthopedic impairments who use a power wheelchair (scooters not permitted).  Ages 8+.
  • Downhill Skiing:  Specialized equipment and/or training to allow all individuals with disabilities to experience the fun of skiing. Adaptive sleds, outriggers and equipment is available for those with orthopedic disabilities or visual impairments.  Open to all ages.
  • Pontoon Boat Rides:  Fishing trips, free open houses and group outings are organized for agencies, individuals and families. Pontoon boats are wheelchair accessible. All disabilities. All ages.

Registration Information

  • If registering online follow the prompts to provide additional information.   This allows participants to make accommodation requests and provide additional contact information and emergency contacts.

Staffing

All attempts are made to accommodate the needs of all participants.  However, due to staffing constraints and/or capacity limits of the requested activity, registration or accommodations may be limited.  If so, other options (days, times, locations) may be discussed. MSCR’s staff ratios vary depending on the program. The typical staff/volunteer ratio for adaptive programs is 1 staff/volunteer to 4 participants.  If you feel you or the participant needs additional support, please contact MSCR Inclusion Services.

Arrival Times and Departure Times

You are responsible for scheduling your own transportation. If the participant uses the City’s Metro Accessible Bus Service please let us know. We try to assign staff no more than ½ hour earlier or later than the posted class times. If  the bus is running late on a given day please call the lead staff for the program.    

Volunteers Needed  

For questions, or to apply, call 608-204-3020.

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