Come to any of our recreation groups, whether it's Autism Skill Building, afternoon recreation, or our evening and weekend activities, and you might be surprised by what you see.You'll see a lot more than people gathered to learn about disabilities or ways they can interact socially. You'll see diverse populations coming together to have fun.
"Recreation provides children, teens, and adults opportunities for socialization within the building and out in the community," said Recreation Manager Valarie Daniels. "They do a variety of arts and crafts, swimming, bowling, go to the library, among other things." Valarie said they're trying to incorporate more of what the individuals from CDS Monarch's residences want, and that she's always looking for their input as to what activities they could do.
"I like coming to CDS Monarch after school," Anthony V., who attends Autism Skill Building, said. "I like seeing my friends and making new friends."
"I like coming to Autism Skill Building because I get to meet new friends," said Harley A. "We have fun doing activities that boys and girls enjoy doing together. We get to go places we donít go to usually and we get to pick places to go, too!"
People have the opportunity to utilize our therapy pool, create a masterpiece in our creative arts studio, or explore everything the digital world has to offer in our media center.
In fact, as part of their Amerks Assist Week, some players from the Rochester Americans hockey team (and their mascot, Moose!) stopped by the Wolf Life Transitions Center for a quick tour and to play hockey with the Autism Skill Building Group. This is just one of the many opportunities people who attend our recreation activities have available to them.
Ultimately, recreation is all about discovery. It provides an integrated environment for children and adults with disabilities to socialize, make friends, and have fun so they can not only learn more about each other but also about themselves. Many of our recreation sessions are open to the public. You can learn more about recreation here.