Dozens of families gathered at Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services Center recently for the opening of a new multi-sensory environment designed for children, teens and adults with special needs that impact sensory integration, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
The formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Thursday, April 9, featured remarks by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and community members including Lindsey Baird, who led the team of Scottsdale Leadership volunteers helping to spearhead the project. Scottsdale Leadership is a nonprofit that engages community leaders in improving the quality of life for Scottsdale citizens.
The new space features four zones: Social Scene, Exploration Station, Kinetic Korner and Dreamland. Each has a special function, including encouraging movement, fostering group interaction, facilitating tactile exploration of the environment and providing a respite from sensory overload. But for the families enjoying the space that afternoon, it was one big opportunity to play and have fun in a welcoming, safe and comfortable setting.
The city’s adapted recreation services are “geared for persons of all ages, [with] various types of disabilities,” according to the website. Services offered include population-specific after-school and summer programs, monthly dances and social clubs, Special Olympics sports, outdoor recreation programs and more. There are also accommodations for city classes and park programs.
The Scottsdale Adapted Recreation Services Center is located at 8102 E. Jackrabbit Rd., just off of Chaparral Park. Learn more.