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 32-34 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 Services


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 provide 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. This process has been recently updated. To ensure that we meet your program needs, please call Susan Potts, Therapeutic Recreation Manager 410-313-4628, Ruth Coleman Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor (410)-313-4708 or Chloe Hodge, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator 410-313-1671 at least two weeks before the program begins to request accommodation services.

The Inclusion Process:

  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, contact our Therapeutic Recreation team directly at least two weeks before the program begins to make your accommodation request. You can contact Susan Potts, Therapeutic Recreation Manager 410-313-4628 spotts@howardcountymd.gov, Ruth Coleman Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor (410)-313-4708 rucoleman@howardcountymd.gov  or Chloe Hodge, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator 410-313-1671 chodge@howardcountymd.gov .

  4. Our Therapeutic Recreation team will then send you an accommodations assessment to be completed prior to the start of the program. This assessment is confidential and helps our staff have more information to better serve you. Without the assessment completed, no accommodations can be made.  (Insert link)

  5. Once the assessment is completed, the Therapeutic Recreation Staff will then contact you to discuss strategies for inclusion. Please note that inclusion companions are not guaranteed and our ability to provide additional support staff or companions may be limited due to the number of requests and the availability of staff.

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 and Additional Support Staff or Companion Services are not guaranteed. If you have any questions regarding inclusion services, feel free to contact out therapeutic recreation team. We would be happy to help.



Come live, learn, and choose your fun!


Contact Us

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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