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Recreational Activities and Therapies
Section General


Promotes culture, sports and recreation for disabled persons, including support to participate in everyday programs offered in their own communities. To help your child participate, he or she may be entitled to a subsidy to pay for the costs of a personal attendant. Request information from Altergo. Click on www.altergo.ca/resources/repertoire for extensive lists by disability, age or activity.

525 Dominion St., Suite 340
Montreal, Quebec H3J 2B4
Tel: 514-933-2739
Email: info@altergo.ca
Website: www.altergo.ca


Data on accessible hotels, motels, restaurants and tourist attractions for travellers with restricted mobility. Data bank available on accessible places in Quebec.

4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Ave.
Montreal, Quebec H1V 3N7
Website: www.keroul.qc.ca

Section Art / Drama Therapy

Autism and Art in the Laurentians (AAL)

Laurentian Regional High School

AAL is a free art and social program for anglophone teens and young adults on the autism spectrum who live in the Laurentians.

448 Argenteuil, Lachute
Quebec J8H 1W9
Tel: 450-562-8571 Ext.8449 Contact: Melanie Bujold
Email: info@mbujold@swlauriersb.qc.ca

Centre for the Arts and Human Development (CAHD)

Is an educational, clinical and research centre serving adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The program uses four types of creative arts therapies – art, drama, music and dance/movement – to promote autonomy, improve self-confidence and social skills, and enhance overall quality of life for its participants CAHD is under the Department of Creative Arts Therapies in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

7079 Terrebonne Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H4B 2B4
Tel:514-848-2424, ext 8619 Contact: Lenore Vosberg
Email: cahd@concordia.ca
Website: www.concordia.ca/research/cahd.html

I Can Dream Theatre

A charitable community organization that provides adults with special needs opportunities to develop their talents in the performing arts, specifically in the areas of acting, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.

Facebook: I Can Dream Theatre – Montreal
Website: www.icandreamtheatre.com

Kirstein, Ali, Drama Therapist

Using drama therapy, works with children and families with varying needs including special needs ie. social issues, physical disabilities, emotional difficulties, eating disorders, depression. Provides another avenue for communicating issues.

4865 de Maisonneuve West
Montreal, Quebec H3Z 2M9

Les Muses : Centre des Arts de la Scène

This art school offers professional training in theatre, dance and song to artists living with disabilities (intellectual, pervasive developmental disorder, autism, physical or sensory). The program provides a professional and social setting that leads to integration of advanced students and graduates into the artistic milieu.

5017, Saint-Hubert, bureau 317
Montreal, Quebec H2J 2X9
Tel:514-350-8060 ext. 8834
Website: www.lesmuses.org/en/

Montreal Therapy Centre

Serving people of all ages.

Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, 2100 Marlowe, Suite 539
Montreal, Quebec H4A 3L5
Website: www.montrealtherapy.com

Temple Art Hive

Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom

An inclusive art initiative where people of all ages and abilities can do art.

4100 Sherbrooke Street West
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1A5
Website: www.templemontreal.ca

The Children's Theatre

Acting classes for cognitively high functioning children and adolescents with autism or social challenges. No acting experience necessary.

Studio address: 6224 Godfrey Ave., Montreal, Quebec H4B 1K3
Mailing address: Montreal Children’s Theatre, 24 Stonecrest, Hudson, Quebec J0P 1H0
Website: www.montrealchildrenstheatre.ca

Spectrum Productions

Creating opportunities for youth and young adults with autism through video and media productions. They offer five programs to their participants:

  1. Summer day camp for all ages.
  2. After school program - weekly two-hour sessions during the school year, where participants explore their creative interests through video production.
  3. Saturday morning cartoons - creating cartoons, stop-motion animations and small productions.
  4. Social club – meets on Friday nights, cooks supper and social activities.
  5. Youth social club - Specifically for youth 8 – 14 and runs approximately twice a month on Saturday from 1-4 pm. Uses the framework from the Friday social club.
  6. Production Club - Production Club is aimed at giving young filmmakers experience working with industry-standard equipment while advancing their understanding about camera, lighting, sound, directing and editing.

5445 Gaspe Avenue, local 415
Montreal, Quebec H2T 3B2
Website: www.productionsspectrum.com

VSAQ Visions sur l’Art Quebec

Promote the development of creativity and artistic talents in people with special needs and the integration of these artists into Quebec’s artistic community.

Studio address: 7005, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H4B 1T3
Mailing address: 6560 Viau Montréal, Québec H1T 2Y7
Tel:514-527-4527 ext. 2261
Website: www.vsaq.org

Section Music Therapy

Association québécoise de musicothérapie

An association that has a database of music therapists in Quebec.

Tel: 514-264-6335
Email: info@musicotherapieaqm.org
Website: www.musicotherapieaqm.org

Mackell, Grace, MTA

Works with young children with autism, and children with all types of needs. Offering private contracts.

63 des Muguets
Valleyfield, Quebec J6T 6N4
Tel: 438-889-1208
Email: gmackell@gmail.com

Piano Art

Bilingual adapted piano lessons for students with autism, ADHD and other developmental disabilities.

Tel: 514-254-2533
Website: www.rady4433.wix.com/pianoart

Westmount Music Therapy

Bilingual music therapy for with children and youth with autism, ADD/ADHD, emotional regulation, anger management, youth at risk, mental health issues and more.

4695 Maisonneuve West
Westmount, Quebec H3Z 1S4
Tel: 514-942-0698
Website: www.westmountmusictherapy.ca

Section Cheerleading

Flyers All Starz Special Needs Cheerleading

Games, physical fitness, gymnastics, tumbling, stunting, pyramids, performances and fun. Adapted program for all types of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, physical, intellectual, behavioural, ADHD, etc. Program is individualized.

9233 Thimens, Pierrefonds
Quebec H8Y 0A1
Tel: 514-332-3777
Website: www.flyerscheerleading.net

Section Gym and Swim


Swim, art, and gym program for children with learning disabilities, ADHD and mild autism. Ages 6-16.

NDG YMCA, 4335 Hampton, Montreal, Quebec H4A 2L3
Tel: 450-698-2425 Contact: Judy Deere

Aqua Percept and Adapted Gym & Swim Program

Pointe-Claire Aquatic Centre

Co-ed, ages 4-10. Aqua Percept: Gym and swim program for children with motor problems, ADD, ADHD, or poor coordination. Adapted Gym & Swim Program for lower functioning children. One-hour program during the year. For summer camp, see camp section.

60 Maywood, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 0A7
Tel: 514-630-1202
Website: http://www.pointe-claire.ca/en/culture-recreation/programming/

GymnO Montréal

Games, physical fitness, gymnastics, tumbling, stunting, pyramids, performances and fun. Adapted program for all types of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, physical, intellectual, behavioural, ADHD, etc. Program is individualized.

660 Villeray, Montreal, Quebec H2R 1J1
Tel: 514-332-3777

Other locations:
2465 rue Honoré-Mercier, Laval, Quebec H7L 2S9
Tel: 450-625-2674
Fax: 450-625-3698
Website: https://www.gymno.org

Centre aquatique Jacques-Dupuis

130 rue Valmont, Repentigny, Quebec J5Y 1N9
Tel: 450-582-7930

P.L.A.Y.@Gym (two locations)

A gymnastics program designed by an occupational therapist to address the many needs of kids/adolescents/adults with special needs. New participants require an evaluation prior to registration.

14770 Pierrefonds Blvd, Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4Y6
3400 Rue du Marché #203, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 2Y1
Tel: 514-795-4266
Website: http://playlimitless.ca

S.W.A.M. (formerly SwimAbility)

Provides swimming lessons specifically adapted to children with special needs. Instructors are trained to teach children with a range of needs, including Down syndrome, autism, Global developmental delay, epilepsy, ADD, visual and hearing impairments. Established under the umbrella of the Students’ Society of McGill University, volunteer run by McGill students.

CEGEP du Vieux Montreal Pool
255 Ontario Street East, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1X6
Tel: 888-530-5618
Website: www.montreal.qc.swamcanada.ca

Section Horseback Riding

Enfants en Équilibre

Offering equine assitsted therapy, recration, sport and learning programs to individuals with special needs with the purpose of contributing positively to their cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being. CanTRA certified.

486 rue Chicoine, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 7E4
Tel: 438-402-3341
Website: www.enfantsenequi-libre.com/equipe

Equitation Therapeutic La Difference

11381 Cote Des Anges, Mirabel, Quebec J7N 2W3
Tel: 450-475-0198 Contact: Manon Noel
Email: equitationtherapeutiqueladifference@hotmail.com

Projet Equestre Goldie

Provides therapeutic riding services for children with physical and mental disabilities, and/or learning difficulties.

11856 Rang St Etienne, Saint Benoit, Quebec J7N 2T2
Tel: 450-258-4666
Website: http://projetgoldie.com

Lucky Harvest Therapeutic Riding Centre

Equine therapy for persons of all ages, living with physical, intellectual, developmental, psychological, or emotional limitations. Bilingual services.

1900, Route 202, Hinchinbrooke, Quebec J0S 1A0
Tel: 450-582-7930

Section Martial Arts

ADAMA - Association de Développement des Arts Martiaux Adaptés

The association offers adapted judo and karate to anyone with special needs.

2-5118 2e Avenue, Montréal, Quebec H1Y 2Y1
Tel: 514-817-4614
Website: www.adamacanada.org

Autism Karate

Courses every Saturday at ProformLaprairie, 50 boul Taschereau at 13:00
Courses at Centre Recreatif Gadbois located at 5485 Chemin cote St-Paul Montreal every Sunday at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
A conclusive experience for children with autismand their parents. Ages 3 and up.

Tel: 514-290-7193
Chief Instructor: Andre Langevin
Email: autismekarate@hotmail.com
Website: www.autismekarate.com/

Centre du Sablon

Adaptive judo, other sports, social skills, and tutoring.

755 Chemin du Sablon, Laval, Quebec. H7W 4H5
Tel: 450-688-8961
Website: http://centredusablon.ca/en/

Section Sailing

The Association Québécoise de Voile Adaptée (AQVA)

Offers people with mobility impairments regardless of their level of ability to discover the joys of sailing using specially designed sailboats which are adapted to each sailor.

Head office: 525 Dominion, Montreal, Quebec H3J 2B4
Tel: 514-846-2171
Website: www.aqva.org

Pointe Claire Yacht Club:1 Avenue Cartier, Pointe Claire, Québec H9S 4R3
Tel: 514-694-8021
Email: aqva.reservations@gmail.com

Section Skating

Saint-Léonard Figure Skating Club

For children 5-13 years with intellectual and physical disabilities.

7755, Colbert Street, Saint-Léonard, Quebec H1S 2Y7
Tel: 514-593-7878
Website: www.cpasaintleonard.ca

Section Soccer

Pointe-Claire Amateur Soccer Association

100 Terre Cotta, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 5A4
Website: www.soccerpointeclaire.com

St. Lazare Hudson Soccer Club

A program for children, teens, and young adults aged 5 to 21 who are intellectually challenged, or who suffer from poor social skills or low self-esteem due to behavioural or learning difficulties, autism, Down syndrome, visually impaired, epilepsy, physically impaired but mobile, cerebral palsy, severe dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysphasia, juvenile arthritis and more.

1850 Rue des Loisirs #157, Saint-Lazare, Quebec J7T 3B4
Tel: 450-510-0022
Website: www.slhsoccer.com

Super Sonics Soccer, Lakeshore Soccer Club

Program open to children aged 4 - 20 years who are intellectually challenged, or who suffer from poor social skills or lowself-esteem due to behavioural or learning difficulties. (This includes children with autism, Down syndrome, visually impaired, epilepsy, physically impaired but mobile, cerebral palsy, severe dyslexia, dyspraxia etc.).

16849 St. Hymus, Kirkland, Quebec H9H 3L4
Tel: 514-697-6973
Website: www.lakeshoresoccer.ca/home/club/supersonics/

Section Skiing

Canadian Adaptive Snow sports

A listing of facilities that offer adapted skiing (Under contact click clubs to see the list).

Website: www.cads.ski/

Centre de Ski Mont Rigaud

Private ski lessons with qualified instructors for children with disabilities.

321 des Érables, Rigaud, Québec J0P 1P0
Tel: 450-451-0000 or 514-990-1286
Website: www.ski.montrigaud.com

Adaptive Sports Foundation (Formerly The Eastern Townships Disabled Skiers Foundation)

Offers winter and summer sports activities to physically disabled children and adults.

549 Knowlton, Lac Brome, Quebec J0E 1V0
Tel: 450-243-5985
Website: www.sportsadaptes.ca/en/index.html

Ski Mont Habitant

Private ski lessons with qualified instructors for people with disabilities.

12 chemin des Skieurs, Saint-Sauveur, Québec J0R 1R2
Tel: 450-227-3168 or 1-866-867-2637
Website: www.monthabitant.com

Special Olympics Ski Club of Owl’s Head

Two ski programs at Owl’s Head Ski Center, under the supervision of instructors/coaches who are qualified in working

40, chemin du Mont Owl's Head, Mansonville, Québec J0E 1X0
Tel: 514-843-8778 ext. 230
Website: www.specialolympicsquebec.ca

Section Yoga

Healthy & Zen Kids Yoga

Let's support children with special needs in developing mindfulness through yoga. Individual and group yoga classes offered to children 3 to 12 years old at this yoga space in Ville St-Laurent. Classes combine a unique integration of music, sensory exercises, Brain Gymâ & yoga postures. No previous yoga experience required, contact us to discuss your child's needs!

Ville St-Laurent, Quebec, H4N 2K3
Tel: 514-568-4350
Website: www.facebook.com/healthyzen.kidsyoga

Ondine Guralnick

Ondine is a certified Hatha yoga teacher who combines art and yoga.

Tel: 450-671-9111
Website: www.expoyoga.ca/en/

Shevaya Wellness (formerly Monica Merleau/Shevaya Wellness)

Yoga Sessions.

6900 Decarie, Suite M, Montreal, Quebec H3X 2T8
Tel: 514-739-1881
Website: www.shevaya.com

Yoga with Jackie

In Jackie's Yoga classes the children play games, sing, laugh and have fun. Classes provide skills for self-regulating, breath work for focusing, practicing yoga postures that increase brain and body coordination, enhancing social/emotional and sensory awareness. Private or group home sessions, daycares, schools and camps.

Tel: 514-295-7742
Website: www.fb.com/YogaWithJackieHerman

Section Dance

Funky Feet Dance Company

Dance classes for children and teens.

2115 Saint Régis Blvd, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 2M9
Tel: 514-568-4350

Website: www.funkyfeet.ca

National Centre for Dance Therapy Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

The NCDT provides adapted dance classes to children with Down syndrome, autism, and intellectual disabilities. The dance classes being offered are: Creative Dance – Autism (4-8); Ballet – Autism (9-17); Creative Dance – Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities (6 years +); Street Dance with Lazylegz and Melissa (people with physical disabilities or motor disorders and/or mild intellectual disabilities, 15-30 years)

1435, De Bleury, suite 500, Montréal, Québec H3A 2H7
Tel: 514-849-8681 Contact: Anna Aglietta
Website: www.grandsballets.com/en/national-centre-for-dance-therapy

Studio J

16950 Hymus Blvd Kirkland, Quebec H9H 3W7
Tel: 514-835-5227
Website: www.facebook.com/danceforspecialneeds

Section Zootherapy

Pup Wellness (formerly PACCK Foundation)

They offer a program at Giant Steps School for students with autism and developmental disabilities. They participate in Canine-Assisted Pre-vocational and Therapy programs. They have expanded their therapy programs to a wider age range and abilities.

647 Route 202, Hemmingford, Quebec J0L 1H0
Tel: 514-244-0168
Website: www.pupwellness.com

Section Service Dogs


Supplying certified service dogs on a short and long-term basis to people with ASD.

4530 Autoroute 440, Laval, QuebecH7T 2P7
Tel: 450-781-1200 ext.3031
Website: www.asista.ca


The Mira Foundation provides dogs to individuals with one or many visual or motor disabilities, and to children with autism or PDD.

Head Office 1820 Rang Nord-Ouest, Sainte-Madeleine Quebec J0H 1S0
Tel: 450-795-3725
Website: www.mira.ca/en/

Section Tennis

Proset Autism

An adapted tennis program for children, teens and adults with autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD and Down syndrome. With 6 locations: Pincourt, Kirkland, Vaudreuil, Westmount and two in Pointe Claire.

Tel: 438-321-1564
Website: www.prosetautism.ca

Section Sledge Hockey

Montreal Sledge Hockey

For players with a physical disability.

Howie-Morenz Arena
8650 Querbes St. Montreal. Quebec H3N 2G5
Tel: 514-995-2913
Website: www.parahockey.com

Section Library Services

Grand Bibliothèque (Bibliothèque nationale du Québec)

A cultural venue providing open and free access to more than four million items, including two million books. Providing specialized services to children aged 0 to 13, teenagers, business people, newcomers to Quebec, members of cultural communities. Accessible for people with disabilities of all ages with mobility, agility, auditory, speech, vision or intellectual challenges. The building is fully wheelchair accessible, with adapted counter services, Braille and auditory signals in the elevators, ample space for wheelchairs to circulate (except reading terraces), adapted work tables and washrooms, and more.

475 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Montreal, QC H2L 5C4
Tel: 514-873-1100
Website: www.bnquebec.ca/a>

Library of Congress

Location:Washington, DC

  1. Library of Congress online catalog and other online catalogs at https://catalog.loc.gov/
  2. Digital Collections provide access to primary resources relating to history and the culture of United States. https://www.loc.gov/collections/
  3. The Teachers Page provides tips and tricks for using the collections, as well as frameworks, activities, and lessons that provide context for their use. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/
  4. Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources digital collections from around the world at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html
  5. The America’s Library is designed especially for young children and their families to explore the stories of America’s past at http://www.americaslibrary.gov/
  6. Exhibitions featured at the Library of Congress and online at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/
  7. Especially for Researchers” at http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/inforeass/


Make copies of books in accessible formats available to Canadian readers who have print disabilities. Perceptual disabilities (commonly known as “print disabilities”) include three broad categories of people who require accessible formats:

  • Severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
  • the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or
  • an impairment relating to comprehension.

Quebec libraries do not participate in the NNELS program. However, should you want books that are in an accessible format, approach your local library, tell them about NNELS. Your library has to apply for the service by signing their agreement and taking an online tutorial.

Website: www.nnels.ca
For further information contact support@nnels.ca or call 1-888-848-9250 (option 5).