Specialized & Inclusion Programs

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers a variety of enriching programs tailored specifically for citizens with special needs.

Inclusion Services 

The Town of Wake Forest's Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation and encourages individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. In order for individuals with special needs to participate as fully as possible, reasonable modifications will be provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you or a family member requires a reasonable modification to participate in a program, please contact Kelly Schurtz at or 919-556-7093.

What is a Reasonable Modification? 

Reasonable modifications are additional supports and resources used to help aid a person with a disability to participate in any program. These resources may include, but are not limited to, auxillary aids or services, adaptive equipment, or additional support staff. The ADA does not require the Town of Wake Forest to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, compromise the safety of participants, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Programs & Events

Preschool Sensory Gym (18 months-preschool age) 
Bring your little one for play time and have the chance to make new friends! We will provide a safe, accepting, and playful environment filled with fun, educational, and therapeutic toys to play with. No instruction or supervision will be provided. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with their child. Sensory gyms are ongoing throughout the year and do not require pre-registration.
M | 10:45-11:45 am | FPCC
Fees: FREE 
Th | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | FPCC
Fees: FREE  

Club Connect (ages 15+)
Join us once a month for socialization, activities, & fun! Participants will be provided with the opportunity to socialize with peers, play games, be creative, and plan activities based on input from the group. Participants must be able to perform self-care routines independently and can bring a buddy if necessary. Don't miss out on all the excitement! Pre-registration not required unless otherwise noted.
4th Thursday of every month* | 5:30-7:30 pm | JPCC
*(9/23; 10/28; 11/18; 12/16; 1/27; 2/24)
Fees: FREE

Abilities Choir (ages 10+) 
Want the opportunity to show off your talents? Come join our inclusive choir and learn about different choral techniques and types of music. This choir includes individuals of all ability levels and provides an outlet for creative expression. Practices will be held every other Tuesday.
Tu | Sep 7-Dec 14 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Ren Ctr
Fees: $75 
Tu | Jan 11-Jun 14 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Ren Ctr
Fees: $75 

 We Can Dance, Dance Abilities Class (ages 9-25) 
This class is specifically tailored for individuals with disabilities. This class will allow students to balance between the two halves of their body, express emotion, and gain muscle control, all while enjoying fun music and interacting with peers! Dance is a unique way to reach the special needs student because it is non-verbal and expressive.  Through simple patterns, sequences and repetition the students will learn basic movement and rhythmic dance moves, such as jazz and hip hop. This class will encourage this experience. 
Th | Sep 9-Oct 14 | 6:50-7:35 pm | AMC (ages 15-25)
Fees: $50 
Th | Oct 28-Dec 16 | 6:50-7:35 pm | AMC (ages 9-14)
Fees: $50
TH | Jan 13-Feb 17 | 6:50-7:35 pm | AMC (ages 15-25)
Fees: $50

Mix It Up Baking Class (ages 12+) 
Learn and practice baking skills.  Participants will learn basic baking skills and work together to create muffins, quick breads, and cookies.  During each class we will discuss kitchen and food safety, nutrition, and planning. This is a hands-on participatory introductory class.
M | Oct 4-Nov 1 | 5:30-7:30 pm | JPCC
Fees: $45 
M | Nov 15-Dec 13 | 5:30-7:30 pm | JPCC
Fees: $45 

We Cook Wednesdays Cooking Class (ages 15+) 
Experience the fun of cooking!  Participants will learn key food preparation techniques and work together to prepare a different dish every week.  During each class we will discuss kitchen and food safety, nutrition, and planning. This is a hands-on participatory class.  Come prepared to cook & taste!
W | Oct 6-Nov 3 | 5:30-7:30 pm | JPCC
Fees: $60 
W | Nov 10-Dec 15 | 5:30-7:30 pm | JPCC
Fees: $60

Abilities Tennis (ages 8+) 
Abilities Tennis clinics provide specialized instruction and practice for athletes, ages 8 and up. Coaches and volunteers are trained to teach the fundamentals of tennis, practice drills and fun games geared toward improving tennis skills. All levels of experience from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend.  Coaches adapt tennis for everyone so that all can join in the fun.
Sa | Sep 11-Oct 30 | 4:00-5:00 pm | Heritage High Park
Fees: FREE 

Spirit League (ages 12+) 
Spirit League is a unifying, safe and inclusive place for special needs teens and young adults to play basketball, get physically active, and make new friends.  Our program stands for acceptance, teamwork, skill development and fun. Spirit League will always celebrate diversity, sportsmanship, and the opportunity to be a beacon of hope for all. Interested in volunteering with Spirit League? Peer aged volunteers attend practices to help coach and support participants as needed.
F | Sep 17-Oct 22 | 5:30-7:00 pm | JPCC
Fees: $15
F | Jan 14-Feb 18 | 5:30-7:00 pm | JPCC
Fees: $15

Snowball Dance (ages 10-30) 
Join us for a night in Winter Wonderland complete with a DJ, refreshments, dancing, and fun! Come with friends or come make new ones! Chaperones will be available for supervision, but participants can bring additional support if necessary. Interested in attending the dance as a volunteer? Peer-aged volunteers attend the dance as additional support and are welcome to dance, eat, and socialize with other participants!
F |Dec. 3 | 6:30-8:30 pm | WFCH
Fees: $15 

Dream League Baseball & Buddy Program
Dream League Baseball is designed for school-age participants with special needs. League games are played on Saturdays at 10am from late April through early June at Heritage High Park. Dream League Buddies assist players during games. This may include, but is not limited to, help guide a batter around the bases, assist in retrieving the ball, and cheering players on. Buddies are required to attend at least three games per season. Registration is held throughout the month of February each year for both players and buddies, and all registration is held online only. 
Sa |Apr-Jun| 10:00 am | Heritage High Park
Fees: $15 


Specialized & Inclusion Programs
Recreation Specialist - Specialized Programs