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.

All Star Sports (March-May)

Come out and enjoy learning and playing a variety of different sports. All abilities are welcome! All Star Sports will meet at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center at 10:00am to 11:00am on these dates: March 5th & 19th, April 2nd, 16th, and 30th, and May 14th and 21st. For more information contact Keshia Holmes at 336-727-2431 or . All Star Sports Flyer [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

Fun & Games (March-May)

This program really is all fun and games. Come out to Rupert Bell Neighborhood Center and play group games and participate in fitness-related activities. We will meet Tuesday afternoons 1:30pm-2:30pm starting March 12. Contact Katie Andrew with any questions and to register: 336-727-2975 or . Fun & Games Flyer [pdf]

Grace/TCK Cooking Class (Fall & Spring)

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 or to register, please contact Carlie Pudney at .

Outdoor Adventures (March-May)

Come get outside at Salem Lake on Mondays from 3:00pm-5:00pm, starting March 11 and ending May 20. No program April 15. Each day we will either be on the walking trails around the lake, fishing, or kayaking. Pre-registration is required. For any questions or to register contact Katie Andrew at 336-727-2975 or . Outdoor Adventures Flyer [pdf]

Paint Party (March-May)

Join us on three special Fridays as we paint step-by-step and have a snack. Meet at Hanes Hosiery Community Center from 10:00am-12:00pm. No experience necessary, however pre-registration is required as space is limited. For any questions or to register contact Katie Andrew at 336-727-2975 or . Paint Party Flyer [pdf]

Spring Bocce (March-June)

Come out to the Miller Park Bocce Courts every Wednesday (starting March 20th) from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Enjoy great fellowship and all abilities are welcome! For more information contact Carlie Pudney at 336-727-2425 or .

Sweet Treats (March-May)

Enjoy baking a variety of gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more! Sweet Treats will meet at Miller Park Recreation Center from 12:30pm-1:30pm on the following dates: March 14th & 28th, April 25th, and May 9th & 23rd. Space is limited so pre-registration is required! For more information or to register, contact Keshia Holmes at 336-727-2431 or . Sweet Treats Flyer [pdf]

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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