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Recreation and Leisure (Utah)

Everyone needs time for hobbies, sports, reading and other things to do. Having fun is good for all of us. It improves our outlook on life, our physical health and even social skills. Social skills can create a sense of community. There are things in your local Utah community that can give you an opportunity to have fun!

There are different kinds of activities in which to be involved:

  • Social clubs
  • Sports
  • Specialty clubs (i.e., knitting, book, card playing, etc.)
  • Local church groups
  • Community activities such as plays, haunted houses, sports, etc.

Social experiences and recreation activities provide opportunities for improved physical, mental and spiritual well-being. They may also improve physical functioning, independence and self- esteem. It is important for you to engage in social outlets in areas of your interests, e.g. arts, crafts, dances and recreational pursuits.

If adapted equipment is needed for you to engage in an area of interest, consider a talking with a physical or occupational therapist. In many circumstances, readily available athletic equipment can be adapted to better serve your needs. The activities you can join are endless.

Many resources are available on the Web, but there are many just for people with disabilities too.

Art Access

Dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and providing educational opportunities through the arts, VSA arts brings the power of the arts into the lives of over 5.5 million people with disabilities each year.

Best Buddies

Dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Boy Scouts of America:  Great Salt Lake Council

Organization for boys to learn life values and kinship through outdoor activities and leadership opportunities.

Camp Kostopolus

Provides recreation opportunities for individuals ages 7 and up with mental or physical disabilities.

Centers for Independent Living

Six Centers for Independent Living are located throughout Utah. Find the center nearest you. These centers offer opportunities for training for independent living and recreation in the community.

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures

Provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities, with adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers.

Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, by providing a safe, fun and challenging environment where physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth could occur through therapeutic riding and other equine based activities.

National Alliance for Accessible Golf

Provide opportunities for people with and without disabilities to become involved in the game of golf.

National Ability Center

Development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life.

National Sports Center for the Disabled

Positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports

Salt Lake County Adaptive Recreation

Youth and adults with disabilities have a growing number of adaptive sports available to them through the Salt Lake County Recreation Program.

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation

Provides a broad range of parks and recreation activities, including adaptive programs are designed for individuals with special needs, however, everyone is welcome to participate in any program or class.

Special Olympics

Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


A non-profit organization that specializes in promoting empowering experiences in an active friendly world through affordable, customized, inclusive recreation and education programs for people of all abilities.

TRAILS (Theraputic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles)

Outreach program that includes: awareness of spinal cord injury, adaptive recreation opportunities, social activities, etc.

Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Provide straining and instructional programs in areas such as independent living, athletics, and recreation for the purpose of enhancing the lives and capabilities of those we serve.

Wasatch Adaptive Sports

Established in 1977 to help fill the need for affordable recreational and educational programs for children and adults with special needs. Programs operate year round to build strength, stamina and self-esteem while enhancing the quality of life for all our participants.

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