A fitness centre adapted to your needs
Going to the gym may seem insurmountable for people with an intellectual disability, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a sensory impairment. This contributes to feelings of isolation and physical and/or physiological problems among these individuals.
To remedy the situation, the YMCA Hochelaga-Maisonneuve established the Integrated Recreation Program in 2005. This integrated program makes it possible for these individuals to safely practice a fitness activity* with the help of a support person.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help participants gain enough confidence to continue their fitness training on their own, at the YMCA or elsewhere.
So far, the program has produced very positive results in the following areas:
- integration and socialization;
- development of autonomy;
- improving physical fitness.
This program is offered at the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve YMCA.
Would you like to participate in the program, learn more about it or volunteer as a support person?
Call 514 849-8393, ext. 2223
Nazareth & Louis Braille Institute
“I find that helping us get active is also a gesture of love and friendship… It’s very good for your body, heart and soul.”
Watch the video testimonial of program participants Diane and Sandra (in French only)
Access to YMCA facilities for people with reduced mobility
The YMCAs of Québec is proud to be a member of AlterGo.
Find out more today by visiting a Member Services counter in one of our centres.
Because we want as many people as possible to access our programs, the YMCA’s financial assistance offers you rates that are adjusted to your income. Eligibility requirements are available upon request.