Programming for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities


Our motto is simple: every kid deserves a Y.

Our Access & Ability programs are grant-funded inclusion programs through the YMCA of Central New York. Children of all ages and abilities are able to participate in any YMCA program based on their interests and parents desires. Trained, compassionate and enthusiastic staff help our Y kids blossom into the confident, unique and outstanding individuals they are meant to be.

Access & Ability support staff may be arranged through the YMCA free of charge to qualifying* individuals with a current YMCA membership. Support staff may also be arranged for an hourly fee to individuals seeking additional hours of assistance as well as for individuals not qualifying for free support based on grant guidelines. If the family chooses to provide their own support in programs, the outside support may accompany the child into the Y without a membership but must present agency or photo ID to member services.

*Note: Support may be provided free of charge to individuals with a developmental disability with qualifying documentation through OPWDD, who reside in Onondaga County and live at home with their families. These qualifications are specific to grant guidelines. Support hours are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis.

Support Services for Summer Camp

Support Staff are available through our Access & Ability funding at YMCA Camp Evergreen, Hal Welsh East Area Family Y Camps, and North Area Family Y Camps.

Each camper can receive 2 weeks of support at summer camp through our Access & Ability program. Please contact your Access & Ability Department for qualifying information and support availability.

Caregiver Support Group on Zoom

Every two weeks, Saturdays at 10:30am

The YMCA is partnering with "Show Them How Smart You Are" to bring together those who care for individuals with Autism and special needs. Please join us to connect with other caregivers, and take some time for yourself. 

Free for members & non-members. Contact Megan Davis to get the links to connect.