Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services

Offers a wide variety of activities for individuals of all ages. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing community recreational and leisure opportunities and promoting lifelong skills. We want you to Choose Your Fun!  

Community Resources:Howard County Autism Society
Howard County Department of Citizen Services
Howard County Special Olympics

We provide recreation opportunities in the community such as: fitness and creative arts programs, social groups, community outings and summer camp programs. To see descriptions and availability of the current programs, visit our online registration page or browse through our seasonal guide for therapeutic recreation opportunities where you can Choose Your Fun!

TRIO is a wonderful program for teens and young adults, age 13-21 with developmental disabilities. Leisure education, community outings, special events and more are included in this after-school enrichment program designed with participant input. Transportation to and from the program is not provided.

Programs offered at Cedar Lane School & Cedar Lane Park M-F 2 pm to 6 pm / $355 month (Fee includes an afternoon snack).

To register for a program, call a Child Care Registration Representative at 410-313-7275.  For questions about programs and inclusion, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation staff.

Howard County Recreation and Parks strives to make programs available to all individuals with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Inclusion Services provides a variety of supports to individuals with disabilities who choose to participate in any recreation program or class offered by the department. Inclusion accommodations may include financial assistance, accessibility, companions, additional training, medical, and interpretive services for the deaf or hearing impaired.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs of their choice. Howard County Recreation and Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate citizens with disabilities. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call 410-313-4628 or 410-313-4708 at least two weeks before the program begins.

The Inclusion Process:
Look through the brochure and find a class or program you like.

Register for the program. Let us know what you need to participate on the registration form or when you call to the person taking the registration.

Examples may include effective communication for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, companions, accessible equipment and facility features, and/or individualized planning for program or class participation.

Therapeutic Recreation Staff will contact you to discuss strategies for inclusion and to offer an opportunity to share additional accommodation information. You will be asked to complete this confidential survey to help us better serve you.

Each request is assessed on an individual case by case basis. Additional information may be needed to address the request.

Modifications or accommodations will be made as needed.

Companion Services are not guaranteed.

Come live, learn, and choose your fun!

Susan Potts, MS, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Manager

410-313-4628 or spotts@howardcountymd.gov

Ruth Coleman, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor

410-313-4708 or rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov

Chloe Hodge, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator

410-313-1671 or chodge@howardcountymd.gov 

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