Town of Newmarket's Recreation & Culture department continues to develop program opportunities to better serve children, youth, young adults and adults with special needs. Some programs are designed specifically for children, youth and adults with special needs, but welcome all interested participants.
Are all programs accessible?
Yes, all programs facilitated by the Town of Newmarket welcome participation of all abilities. Considerations for activities, setting and level of support required can be discussed with the Recreation Programmer and instructor for the best experience. If a support worker is required to attend, they will be admitted at no charge.
Do I have to stay with my child in the program?
No, unless the program indicates otherwise or based on arrangement level of support required. It is the goal of these programs to promote as much independence as possible.
Can I provide my own inclusion support worker?
Yes, you may provide your own support worker. We require that they provide us with a Vulnerable Sector Screening and sign a Support Worker Registration. Please be aware that we require the support worker to participate in all activities.
Do you provide accessible equipment?
Yes, sport wheelchairs are available for use to play wheelchair basketball at the Magna Centre or on the Tim Hortons Walking/Jogging Track. Water wheelchairs are available at each pool to assist with pool access, an adult-size variable level table is located at both indoor pool facilities. To assist a caregiver with transfers, a portable lift with a sling is available at the Magna Centre and Ray Twinney Complex. An equipment booking form is required to be completed for use of equipment. Helmets must be worn while on ice. Full hockey equipment is required during a sledge ice hockey shinny session. A registration form and waiver must be completed to use the sports equipment.
Can I use my wheelchair on the ice during a public skate session?
Yes, wheelchairs are permitted. The person must wear a helmet, and be accompanied by a person wearing ice skates. Prior to entering the ice surface, the tires must be clean and free of dirt.
Can I try a program?
Yes, participants can set up a one-time only visit to a program to see if it would be suitable. Please call Pat McIntosh at 905-953-5300 ext. 2821 to arrange the visit.
Interested in volunteering?
The Town of Newmarket is happy to offer an Inclusion Counsellor In Training certificate course to students who wish to make a difference to individuals in our community. Participants in the Inclusion CIT program will be given in-class instruction in areas such as adaptive games, feeding & changing and personal safety skills. They will then have an opportunity to utilize their new skills in placements within inclusion programs. Through volunteering, participants gain valuable experience and references for future employers.