Fitness Program for People with a Disability

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 established the Integrated Recreation Program in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood 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 in all our centres.

Would you like to participate in the program, learn more about it or volunteer as a support person?
Please contact Dominique Morin (

Program partners
Nazareth & Louis Braille Institute 
Raymond-Dewar 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.” 

Mireille, 59 year old, a blind person and a participant in the program.

Watch the video testimonial of program participants Diane and Sandra (in French only)

* Trouble du spectre de l'autisme

Financial assistance

Because we want as many people as possible to take part in our programs, the YMCA’s financial assistance offers you rates that are adjusted to your income. The financial assistance promotes equal access to our programs.

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