HUG advocates for inclusion and connects people with disabilities to social events and activities


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Find events and activities specifically for individuals with special needs. was created to connect people with special needs and their families to social events and activities in the community. Feeling disconnected or isolated has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. HUG’s mission is to help create a more inclusive world for people of all abilities.

Robin LallyFounder

HUG is a great organization for people with special needs to find various activities in the community. I am so grateful to have found HUG because I just moved to Clearwater, Florida and I needed to make friends my own age. Now, I have lots of friends and I have a calendar filled with fun activities.

Neetha ErukullaHUG Ambassador, Volunteer

I could not be happier for being involved with such a great organization like HUG. This organization fills a great need for the special needs community in bringing it into the 21st century, which allows for awareness and acceptance to spread faster than before. This is the reason I am proud to become an Ambassador for HUG!

Mark FlemingFounder, Puzzle Piece Fitness

As a child and now a young adult, I struggled with social interaction. Even now, it is so nice to connect with others who share the same challenges. The website is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages with disabilities to help people with social skills and to connect with one another.

Rachel BarcellonaMiss Southeast International 2017, Board Member CARD-USF, Ambassador Unicorn Children’s Foundation

This website is a necessity because it allows people with disabilities or the parent of a person with a disability to easily find events in their neighborhood that can bring them together. They have a variety of choices for all ages and I truly think that this website is a positive step in uniting the special needs community.

Katherine MagnoliMiss Wheelchair Florida 2017, Author and Radio Host

We are so excited to have the Help Us Gather website to share our programs and help in providing information to group homes, Adult Day Training programs, parents, companions and others who work with or love the developmentally disabled.

Horton TownesDirector, St. Paul Handicapable Ministry

As a physical therapist assistant and adaptive fitness instructor, I heard my client’s sadness over not being able to find a variety of programs or events to fill their social calendars. My clients have become Ambassadors and they are so happy to be a part of Help Us Gather. The website is full of great information about so many great programs and events for all ages.

Tina Tallman Founder, Me & U Fitness

Having autism can make social situations harder for me. By finding groups and social activities created for people with disabilities, I was able to feel comfortable enough to make a really good friend. We have a great time doing things together!

Rick Farr2nd Place winner in Bowling, Florida State Special Olympics, Brother of Robin Lally

One of the hardest parts of starting a nonprofit is simply getting the word out. HUG helped us do just that. In just one year, they helped grow our organization and allowed us to provide services to people we may not have connected with otherwise. HUG also helped us connect with other organizations in our area to form partnerships and share resources. They are truly building a community.

Brianna Larson Artistic Director, Theatre eXceptional

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Upcoming Events

May 2019

Sensory Friendly Film: Aladdin

Saturday, May 25
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Sensory Friendly Films provide families with varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly film where kids can be kids in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums are made…

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Sensory Friendly Film: Detective Pikachu

Saturday, May 25
FL United States + Google Map

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up,…

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Dancing for Donations Trial Classes

Saturday, May 25 · 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Monday, repeating until Monday, July 1, 2019

An event every week that begins at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 3, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Thursday, repeating until Wednesday, July 3, 2019

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, repeating until Friday, June 28, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2019

Dancing for Donations, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #101
Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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Trial classes are ongoing! Anyone new who is considering registering is welcome to come try a class out.  All classes, camps & events are inclusive.  

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Sensory Warriors

Saturday, May 25 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Every Saturday
Sensorytopia Warrior Fitness & Sensory Center, 3420 W Main St
Tampa, FL 33607 United States
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Our adaptive fitness program is open to children on the spectrum and their siblings. All ages are welcome! We focus on balance, coordination and sensory fun. We offer a zip…

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White Lightning Bowling League

Saturday, May 25 · 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, December 28, 2019

Liberty Lanes, 11401 Starkey Rd
Largo, FL 33773 United States
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If you like bowling, this league will be right up your alley! The White Lightning bowling league meets every Saturday at 11:30am at Liberty Lanes in Largo. The league is…

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Adult Bowling League

Saturday, May 25 · 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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League meets every Saturday afternoon
Dunedin Lanes, 405 Patricia Ave
Dunedin, FL 34698 United States
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A bowling league for adults (18+) with developmental disabilities. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. New bowlers can join on any date. Home staff, paid companions or…

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