Special Populations Programs

Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Special Populations Unit Program Page.  Please take a look below at the programs we offer and contact those in charge if you need further assistance. In order to better serve the community members there are two forms that are to filled out and submitted.

If you are an Agency: Download Agency Form [pdf]

If you are a Parent or Caregiver: Download Parent-Cargiver Form [pdf]

Aquabilities (offered in June and July)

Aquabilities is a program that teaches youth and adults with disabilities how to move, swim, and play in the water. Aquabilities lessons are offered on a one-on-one basis at Reynolds Park Pool. For more information contact Carlie Pudney 336-727-2425 or

Active Actions ( Fall and Spring)

Formerly known as Sittercise, this programs meets every Monday at Sprague Street Recreation Center from 1:00-2:00p.m. Come enjoy a time of stretching, Physical Education stations, and PLAY for persons with disabilities. For more information please contact Leanne Pressley, LRT/ CTRS at 336-727-2431 or

Grace/TCK Cooking Class (Year Round, No Fee)

This Cooking Class, formerly held at AME Church is designed for person's with disabilities in the beginning, intermediate, and advanced cooking stages. To find out more information please contact Steven Jones ( Program Coordinator) at 336-451-4261 or

Grace Cooking Class Flyer [pdf/1p]

Grace TCK Cooking Class Consent Agreement [pdf/1p]

Cooking Class Registration Form [pdf/4p]

Dozens of Puzzles (Spring)

Let's work together piece by piece completing puzzles and relaxing with ease. This NEW Leisure program for persons with disabilities meets every other Wednesday at Rupert Bell Recreation Center from 1-2p.m. For more information please contact Leanne Pressley LRT/ CTRS at 336-727-2431 or

Dozens of Puzzles Flyer [pdf]

The Vibe ( Year Round)

A music therapy program serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Come ready to dance, sing, and move your feet! Call Brandii Little at 336-727-2975 or for more information.

Land, Water, and Sky, Nature Exploration Program (Summer Only, No Fee)

This inclusive summer program is designed for persons with disabilities for a time to explore, engage, and experience nature's beauty. Registration is required. 20 participants per class. For more information and to register please contact Leanne Pressley at 336-727-2431 or

Flyer Information:

LWS 2018 [pdf/1p]

Registration Form:

LWS Registration Form [pdf/2p]

Winston-Salem Sled Hockey (October-March)

The Special Populations Unit and the Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association are partnering to offer the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Sled Hockey! All abilities are welcome! Sled Hockey practice is Tuesday's at 5:30pm and Sunday's at 6:15pm at the Winston-Salem Annex. Call Carlie Pudney at 336-727-2425 or for more information.

One on One Computer Assistance (Year Round, No Fee)

One-on-one computer assistance to individuals of any age. We will assist you in the following areas: resume building, job applications, social networking, or learning basic computer skills, and more. To find out more information contact Markee Daye at or 336-727-2315

Special Populations Clubs

Stroke & Hope Group (S&H Group)

The S&H group is a daytime social group for adults with disabilities. The group enjoys outings for lunch, games, crafts and general fellowship. Program times are 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For information call Chuck Vestal at 336-727-2325 or for more information.


Programs for the Blind

Forsyth Blind Bowlers

The Forsyth Blind Bowling League has been rolling balls on the lanes of Winston-Salem for more than 20 years! Most of the bowlers have some visual impairment, but sighted persons who meet requirements are also eligible to join the league. League bowling occurs during the fall and winter months. There are various tournaments throughout the season, including the Charles E. Roane Invitational Blind Bowling Tournament on the 3rd Saturday in March, held in Winston-Salem. The league is a member of the American Blind Bowlers' Association and the Carolina Bowling Alliance. Each member pays an annual sanctioning & weekly bowling fee.

Outta Sight Support Group

The Outta Sight Support Group provides moral support and recreation for adults who are visually impaired. Monthly activities include guest speakers and periodic trips to places of interest in North Carolina. The group meets at Polo Park Recreation Center on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Winston-Salem Council for the Blind

The Winston-Salem Council for the Blind is an affiliate of the North Carolina Council of the Blind that promotes awareness, education, employment and access to public accommodations for the blind and visually impaired. The council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Polo Park Recreation Center. Sighted persons are eligible to join. However, two thirds of the membership must be blind or visually impaired. For more information about visually impaired programming, call 336-727-8000.

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