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



Info: Susan Potts, 410-313-4628 or spotts@howardcountymd.gov or Chloe Hodge, 410-313-1671 or chodge@howardcountymd.gov.

Sensory-Friendly Nature Explorers Mini-Camp (5-8 yrs) 

In this exciting mini-camp, children between the ages of 5 and 8 who benefit from therapeutic accommodations explore nature and make new discoveries. See live animals. Create nature crafts. Investigate the woods with hands-on activities. Play in our outdoor Nature Place discovery zone. Enjoy the wonders of the night sky in the planetarium. This camp has limited availability for 10 individuals with disabilities.


Camp TRIO (13-21 yrs)

This camp experience is designed for teens with moderate-to-severe developmental/cognitive disabilities. Enjoy various recreation and leisure activities including, swimming, art, music, nature, physical activities, special events, and community outings. Staff-to-participant ratio is 1:3. Fee includes snack and activities. Bring lunch and beverage (no nut products). Pick-up time is 6pm. Camp dates are subject to change depending upon Howard County extended school year program. Online registration not available. (No camp 7/4.) Assessment must be completed prior to start of camp. 

Camp TRIO Plus (13-21 yrs)

This full-day, three-week extended camp experience is designed for teens with moderate-to-severe developmental/cognitive disabilities. The program is only open to those who participated in Camp T.R. I.O. Enjoy various recreation and leisure activities, including swimming, art, music, nature, physical activities, and special events. Staff to participant ratio is 1:3. Fee includes snack and activities. Bring bag lunch (no nut products) and beverage. Pickup time is 5pm. Camp dates are subject to change depending upon Howard County extended school year program. Online registration not available. Info: Susan Potts, 410-313-4628 or spotts@howardcountymd.gov or Chloe Hodge, 410-313-1671 or chodge@howardcountymd.gov.


iCan Bike Camp (8 yrs+)

Has a family member been unsuccessful with riding a two-wheel conventional bike? In this program, children, adolescents and adults with disabilities learn how to ride a bike without training wheels. Participants must have a documented disability and be at least 8 years old and weigh no more than 220 pounds. Parents must attend informational meeting on Sunday, July 9 at.8 PM. Program starts out indoor and progresses to outdoors. Schedule dates and time subject to change per contractor availability.


Therapeutic Recreation Programs

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 Spring/Summer seasonal guide on pages 38-40  for therapeutic recreation opportunities where you can Choose Your Fun!

Therapeutic Recreation Inclusion Opportunities

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 / $410 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, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Manager Susan Potts, MS, CTRS 410-313-4628 Spotts@howardcountymd.gov or Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor Chloe Hodge, CTRS 410-313-1671 Chodge@howardcountymd.gov.

Inclusion and Accommodating Services

The Department of Recreation and Parks is a recognized leader in opportunities for individuals with disabilities and is pleased to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for general recreation programs of their choice. Howard County Recreation & Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate Howard County residents with disabilities. This process has been recently updated. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call Susan Potts, Therapeutic Recreation Manager 410-313-4628 spotts@howardcountymd.gov , or Tori Taylor, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor 410-313-4708 Vtaylor@howardcountymd.gov at least two weeks before the program begins to request accommodation services.

The Process to Request Accommodations:

  1. Choose your Fun!  Look through the seasonal activity guide and find a class or program you or your family member would like. Howard County Recreation & Parks has a multitude of programs to choose from. You are always welcome to call us if you would like some guidance when choosing a program.

  2. Once you know what program you’d like to participate in, the next step is to register. When registering, let it be known that you will need an accommodation and make a note of whether or not you are a Howard County resident. (Those that are not a Howard County resident are welcome to participate in our programs, yet additional staff will not be provided. We will try to train staff the existing staff for out-of-county residents.) You may register online, over the phone, or in person at any of our community centers or headquarters.

  3. Once registered for a program, the next step is to request an accommodation through our Accommodations Portal found here. This portal will ask you for information about the program you have registered for as well as what type of accommodation you are requesting. It will send the Therapeutic Recreation team a notification when your request has been submitted.

  4. After your request has been made through our portal, an Accommodation Assessment link will be sent to you via email or the postal service. This assessment needs to be completed two weeks prior to the start of a program. This assessment will allow our team to better serve you and your loved one and gives our staff more information on how to make a program a success.

    1. Note: You only need to complete the Accommodation Assessment once a year; you must send all accommodation requests through the Accommodation Portal for each and every program (and section, for example, a child registered for the same camp two weeks in a row will need to put in two requests).

  5. Once our team has received the completed Accommodation Assessment, we will reach out to you within three business days with a phone call or an email confirming your request and to discuss strategies for inclusion. Please remember that increasing the staff-to-participant ratio is never guaranteed and is judged on a case-by-case basis. We will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations on an individual basis.

    1.  Please note that all required paperwork must be completed for requests to be reviewed.

If you would like to check the status of your request or if you have any questions regarding inclusion services, feel free to contact our therapeutic recreation team. We would be happy to help!

Susan Potts, CTRS, MS, Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Manager
Office: 410-313-4628,
Email:  spotts@howardcountymd.gov

Tori Taylor, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Supervisor-
Office: 410- 313- 4708,
Email: Vtaylor@howardcountymd.gov

Come live, learn, and choose your fun! 

Contact Us

Susan Potts, MS, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Manager

410-313-4628 or spotts@howardcountymd.gov

Chloe Hodge, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor of TRIO and TR Programs

410-313-1671 or chodge@howardcountymd.gov 

Tori Taylor, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor of Inclusion Services

410-313-4708 or Vtaylor@howardcountymd.gov

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