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 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 in all our centres.

Would you like to participate in the program, learn more about it or volunteer as a support person?
Call 514 849-8393, ext. 2223

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

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.  

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.

Find out more