Special Populations Programs

Unique Seniors

Unique Seniors is a program for adults 55+ who have intellectual disabilities. The program is held Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 - 12 noon at Carl Russell Recreation Center. The program includes exercise, social activities, games, crafts, community outings, as well as training and participation in Piedmont Plus Senior Games. For more information call Laura Patterson, 727-2313.

Aquabilities (offered in July)

Aquabilities is a program that teaches youth and adults with disabilities how to move, swim, and play in the water. Aquabilities lessons are offered on a one-on-one basis.

Community Reintegration

Persons with disabilities are referred to this one-on-one program of reentry to recreational and leisure activities. Program goals focus on leisure education, independent participation, and prevention of social isolation.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands Leisure Education program for adults with disabilities. Program meets every Wednesday at Rupert Bell Community Center from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Each week we engage in new and different crafts, activities, and games.


Energetic exercise program using music, chairs and weights. The class is held every Monday at the Sprague St. Community Center from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Life Skills (Spring & Fall)

An 8-week session for young adults (13-21) & adults (22-45) with disabilities. Each week a different topic is discussed with the opportunity to ask questions without judgement. Availability is limited to 10 participants. Contact Danielle Dobbs at 727-2426 for more information.

Special Population's Clubs

Friday Socialites

18-45 year-olds with and without disabilities that engage in community outings, volunteer work, and a variety of other activities. Meetings are held the third Friday of every month. Contact Danielle Dobbs at 727-2426 for more information.

Stroke Victors Club & Poke Easy group (S&P Group)

The S&P group is a daytime social group for adults with disabilities. The group enjoys outings for lunch, games, crafts and general fellowship. Program times are 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The second Tuesday meeting is out to lunch and the 4th Tuesday meeting is at the Hanes Hosiery Community Center. For information call Jessica Garrett at 727-2321.

The Saturday Club

The Saturday Club meets the third Saturday of every month for social activities that fulfill the social needs of children with special needs ages 11 - 20. Cost, meeting times and locations vary.

Programs for the Blind

Forsyth Blind Bowlers

The Forsyth Blind Bowling League has been rolling balls on the lanes of Winston-Salem for more than 20 years! Most of the bowlers have some visual impairment, but sighted persons who meet requirements are also eligible to join the league. League bowling occurs during the fall and winter months. There are various tournaments throughout the season, including the Charles E. Roane Invitational Blind Bowling Tournament on the 3rd Saturday in March, held in Winston-Salem. The league is a member of the American Blind Bowlers' Association and the Carolina Bowling Alliance. Each member pays an annual sanctioning & weekly bowling fee.

Outta Sight Support Group

The Outta Sight Support Group provides moral support and recreation for adults who are visually impaired. Monthly activities include guest speakers and periodic trips to places of interest in North Carolina. The group meets at Polo Park Recreation Center on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Contact Charles Roane at 727-2320 for details.

Winston-Salem Council for the Blind

The Winston-Salem Council for the Blind is an affiliate of the North Carolina Council of the Blind that promotes awareness, education, employment and access to public accommodations for the blind and visually impaired. The council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Rupert Bell Recreation Center. Sighted persons are eligible to join. However, two thirds of the membership must be blind or visually impaired. For more information about visually impaired programming, call 727-8000.

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