Adapted Programming

All programs are led by qualified, trained individuals who help promote a safe, friendly, and supportive environment.

Recognizing the need for quality adapted programming for individuals in the Edwardsville area, the Special Needs Adapted Programs help individuals gain confidence, promote independence and responsibility, socialize and work with others, as well as nurture a healthy and active lifestyle.


Social / Recreational Programs For Youth & Adults With Disabilities

The YMCA is proud to sponsor this exciting program for youth and adults with disabilities. This program is designed to offer the opportunity to interact in a social and recreational environment for middle school youth to older adults. After each event, the group gathers together for late night refreshments and great conversation!

The program usually meets either the first or second Friday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. All programs are held at the Niebur (Esic) Center unless otherwise noted.

Friday, December 2nd | 6:30 – 8:30pm | Niebur Center

Christmas Party
Come join us for a fun evening wearing your Ugly Sweater for a Christmas Party! We will be decorating cookies and having an ugly sweater contest! We will enjoy some IMOS pizza, snacks and hang out with our friends!

Some of the programs offered each year include Swimming Night, Movie Night, Special Events, Arts-n-Crafts, Around the World Night, Cooking, Holiday Events and More!

Please contact the YMCA to receive more information, a specific schedule of events, or to be added to the program mailing list.

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Adapted Tennis

Mitch & Friends

We are offering Mitch & Friends Adapted Tennis at the Y on a weekly basis!

We will introduce the basic skills of tennis & all the game can offer. All volunteers welcome to play or assist!

Sign Up Weekly Online! Any Questions? Contact Angie at 618-655-1460 •

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Special Needs Swimming

Special Needs Swimming With Caregiver (Ages 3+)

This class is designed to create a safe environment for learning water safety, along with the basic swimming fundamentals for people with special needs. The caregiver needs to accompany the child in the water.

Ages 3 – 6
Saturday • 9:00 – 9:35am • Niebur Center Pool 2
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Ages 7+
Saturday • 9:50 – 10:25am • Niebur Center Pool2
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All Children Can Experience Sports Successfully

The YMCA is offering an opportunity for every child to be able to participate in sports! ACCESS is an inclusive sports program designed so that all children can learn to play various sports together. This unique opportunity teaches the fundamental skills of a sport in a non-competitive environment. Children are assisted by personal mentors if needed. ACCESS teaches acceptance, teamwork, and socialization all in a fun environment.

Monday • 6:00 – 7:00pm • Meyer Center
Members $30 • Non-Members $48

Not Currently Offered – Hopeful To Return In 2022!

Special Needs Gymnastics


This Open Gym is designed for students that need extra supervision and a small student to coach ratio while playing in our big gym. Please contact Tammy our Gymnastics Director for more info at (45 min; 5:1 ratio).

To Be Determined For Fall 2/Winter

Edwardsville YMCA