Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Accessible Recreation in Delaware


1614 Gym

1614 has two locations. The owners and staff are actively working to become more accessible. Working with the Center for Disabilities Studies, the gym has made modifications to equipment, layout, and communications; the staff has received training on working with people with disabilities; and a plan is being developed to continue improvements.

318 South College Avenue  Newark, DE  19711
1877 Pulaski Highway   Bear, DE  19702

The Center for Therapeutic & Educational Riding, Inc.

Located at C-Line stables in Townsend, Delaware. There is an indoor arena, outdoor sand ring, stable area and paths throughout the property. There is a heated parent/rider lounge within the indoor arena. The lounge is equipped with everything necessary to conduct classroom teaching and hold seminars and group meetings. A lift system has been installed to help participants getting on the horse. Certified instructors will develop programs to meet the specific needs of each rider. People with disabilities will have their needs met through modified equipment, modified instruction, trained staff and specially trained horses not easily found at standard riding facilities. The ability of each rider determines if additional staffing is needed and to what extent. The maximum staffing per rider is four. Fees: a maximum of $108 a month can be collected from riders. They currently have scholarships  through DFRC and New Castle County.

3491 Harris Road
Townsend, DE  19734
(302) 376-9594

Challenger Division Little League for Youth With Disabilities

The Challenger Division is Little League’s program for children and young adults with mental and physical challenges ages 5-21. Each player is accompanied by a “buddy” who assists the player when necessary. There are two leagues, one in upper New Castle County and one in Middletown. Contact Lisa Johannsen at (302) 378-2530.

Delaware Adaptive Sports

Formed to identify, develop and promote both recreational and competitive sports for people with physical challenges in and near Delaware.

P.O. Box 6002
Wilmington, DE  19804
(302) 683-0997

Freedom Hills

Therapeutic Horseback riding. There are no age requirements for riders. The program is directed to the needs and abilities of the rider and not their age. Individual lessons are $50.00 an hour, $25.00 an hour for group lessons. There are scholarships available.

55 Rolling Hills Ranch Lane
Port Deposit, MD  21904
(410) 378-3817, 1-866-431-6874

Mary Campbell Center

Programs are offered year round. Days and times vary. They offer an after-school program, preschool, swim lessons, teen programs, summer camp, Special Olympics and family events.

4641 Weldin Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
(302) 762-6025

Southern Delaware Therapeutic & Recreational Horseback Riding, Inc.

Provides equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities that may have physical and/or social /emotional challenges. The cost of each equine-assisted therapy lesson is $30. There are partial and full scholarships available.

P.O. Box 219
Nassau, DE  19969
(302) 644-1920

Special Olympics Delaware

Provides year round training and competition in the Olympic tradition for people with disabilities. SODE offers athletes an opportunity to participate in 17 sports-aquatics, athletics (track and field), alpine skiing, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross-country skiing, cycling, equestrian, golf, power-lifting, long distance running, roller skating, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. There is no cost to join Special Olympics. Uniforms, equipment and competition costs are covered by SODE. Most training is offered at no cost to the athlete. Some sports however, such as bowling, require specialized training facilities and may require a fee due to the cost of the facility.

619 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE  19716-1901
(302) 831-4653
546 S. Bedford Street, Room 2125
Georgetown, DE  19974
(302) 855-0546

Top Soccer

This outreach program for soccer is a community-based training team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. It is open to boys and girls ages 4-19 with a cognitive or physical disability. For the players who are unable to participate on a team because of medical reasons they also offer a skills program that is rewarding, challenging and fun. TOPSoccer takes place in the Fall and Spring. All practices are held at their main complex, Smith Fields, located off Evanson Road in Hockessin. New players are welcome to join at any point in the season.

Hockessin Soccer Club
740 Evanson Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-1444

Kirkwood Soccer Club
1220 River Road
New Castle, DE  19720
Top Soccer Schutte Park for Kent County, Central DE Soccer Association
(302) 697-8331

United Cerebral Palsy

Provides programs and services to people with all types of orthopedic disabilities, including summer camps and community recreation.

700A River Road
Wilmington, DE
(302) 764-2400

3249 Midstate Road
Felton, DE
(302) 335-5626

If you would like to recommend an activity that isn’t included here, please email Terri Hancharick at