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

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 seasonal guide on pages 28-30 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 / $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.

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 and Parks Department has developed an inclusion process to better accommodate citizens 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, or Chloe Hodge, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator 410-313-1671 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 and 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. You can register online, over the phone, or in person at any of our community centers.

  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 out 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 2 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; however you must send all accommodation requests through the Accommodation Portal for each and every program you register for.

  5. Once our team has received the completed Accommodation Assessment, we will reach out to you within 3 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

Chloe Hodge, CTRS, Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Coordinator-

Office: (410)- 313- 1671,

Email: Chodge@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 Coordinator

410-313-1671 or chodge@howardcountymd.gov 

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