Children/Youth Recreation and Leisure Programming
SMD’s Recreation and Leisure Program offers a variety of options for children and youth with a disability.
We believe recreation and leisure is an important tool that can expand physical literacy, assist with improving social skills, and provide opportunities to work on independence, develop friendships, experience the great outdoors and have fun.
SMD’s recreation and leisure program has become one of the largest providers of adapted programming in Winnipeg. Our vast experience in areas of inclusion, disability awareness and adapted sport ensures consumers participate to his/her ability.
Children’s Leisure and Recreation Services
Summer Access Program: Operates from July until the end of August; This program was established to assist children and youth access community day camps throughout the City of Winnipeg; SMD provides a 1-1 support person for the entire week of camp.
(TO ACCESS THIS PROGRAM FAMILY MUST BE RECEIVING SERVICE FROM SOCIETY FOR MANITOBANS WITH DISABILITIES OR BY CHILDREN’S DISABILITY SERVICES)
SMD Day Camp: Society for Manitoban’s with Disabilities provides 6 weeks of day camp between July and August. Currently we offer 2 weeks for children age 6-12 and 4 weeks for youth age 13-17. SMD Day Camp operates under a field trip structure with campers visiting different locations throughout the week.
Registration for SMD Day Camp will begin in January 2017. Space is very limited. (To access this program family must be receiving service from SMD or by Children’s Disability Services)
Sledge Hockey: Society for Manitobans with Disabilities operates the largest adapted sport in the Province with over 60 players of all ages and abilities. Currently this program plays out of the MTS Iceplex located just outside of the City. We offer 3 skill levels that meet all abilities and age.
- Novice/Recreation level: for ages 6-12 or for individuals older who wish to just play.
- Intermediate level: for ages 13 and older; this is a more structured level with players being placed on teams, scheduled practices and games.
- Advanced level: for ages 18 plus; this is the highest level players can access in the SMD sledge hockey program. Pace, skill and game concept is high at this level.
Season begins in September and ends in early March. To ensure participation SMD loans out to registered players a program sledge and a pair of sticks. This program is open to anyone age 7- and beyond of all abilities.
Sledge Hockey Presentations: community outreach is a program that offers community and school groups an opportunity to try sledge hockey; we offer clinics to school groups, hockey teams and large groups who are looking for a great team building activity, exposure to an adapted sport or just wanting to have some fun.
Electric Wheelchair Hockey: has been operating for 14 years and is played out of the St. James Civic Centre every Sunday morning beginning in September. Electric Wheelchair Hockey was implemented to meet the needs of individuals who use a power chair and/or for individuals who use a manual wheelchair who were looking for a team sport. Program is open to individuals who use a manual or power wheelchair. Individuals who use a manual wheelchair will be required to use a league electric wheelchair.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program: offers 1 week of day camp for children age 6-12. This camp is operated out of the St. James Civic Centre and will look to expand to 2 weeks for the summer of 2017. This program is led by wonderful signing and hearing staff. Children experience a wide variety of activities and outings. This camp is open to children who are deaf/hard of hearing or who have parents or siblings who are deaf.
TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED TO AND FROM THE HOME.
Rural Recreation Programming: Currently we offer a program out of Brandon, Manitoba. For information on this program and what is offered please contact Katie at 204-573-0211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on program options please contact email@example.com or 204-975-3261.
Children’s programs rely heavily on the support of volunteers. If you would like to become part of SMD’s team of volunteers or would like more information please call 204-975-3013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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SMD Services is funded through:
SMD Foundation/Easter Seals™ Manitoba
Province of Manitoba
Generous Gifts from Manitobans
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SMD Vision: A community that supports the independence, participation and empowerment of persons of all abilities.
SMD Services Mission Statement: To continually develop, maintain and deliver relevant services that assist in the development of individual independence and community supports for persons with disabilities.
SMD is a non-profit organization providing services to persons with physical and/or neurological disabilities. Children’s Leisure and Recreation Services offer support to service providers and community-based programs to improve and encourage programming for children and youth with a disability. SMD believes in a continuum of programs that focus on consumer needs.