Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP)
Recreation is for Everyone!!!
It is Redwood City’s belief that quality recreation and community services should be made available to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles by providing accessible progressive programs, building strong partnerships, integrating social services and resources, assessing community needs and offering a safe and welcoming environment.
The Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP) had been providing
recreational activities for those with physical and/or developmental
disabilities for the past 20 years. Following through with Redwood
City’s ideals, our primary goal at ARAP is to enable these
individuals to have meaningful, productive, and most importantly
fun recreational experiences.
ARAP participants range from age 14 and up and are typically mildly independent. Some live on their own, others with their parents, and many live in group homes. For all our participants, we offer an opportunity to work on physical, social and life skills in a fun, safe and comforting environment. We thrive to create an environment in which all can succeed. Current ARAP programs include monthly movie nights, bi-monthly theatre trips, art, drama, and fitness classes along with a wide range of other special events.
In addition to ARAP, Redwood City also offers an Inclusion Program
in which people with disabilities can join programming outside of
ARAP with the assistance of a volunteer buddy. Volunteer buddies
range from ages 15 and up and can provide any one on one attention
and support that may be needed.
To get involved with ARAP or to learn more about the Inclusion
Program, please contact Stephanie Douglas, ARAP Coordinator at (650)
780-7313 or email SDouglas@redwoodcity.org.