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

“ 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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    March 2019

    Bakas Charity Horse Show Series

    Sunday, March 10 - Sunday, May 19
    Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
    Lutz, FL 33548 United States
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    2019 Bakas Charity Open Pleasure Circuit Series A fun charity pleasure horse show series March 10 (judge Carol Nunez) April 7 (judge Katie Wells Waterford), and May 19 (judge Karen…

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    April 2019

    Unified Intramural Basketball

    Saturday, April 20 · 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    University of Tampa, 310 North Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33606 United States
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    We want to recruit Special Olympics athletes for a unified intramural league being held at and hosted by The University of Tampa. The unified intramural basketball league will bring together…

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    Dancing for Donations Trial Classes

    Saturday, April 20 · 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, April 20 · 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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    Sensory Friendly Easter Experience

    Saturday, April 20 · 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Autism Shifts Reimagine Center, 5215 W. Laurel St. #110
    Tampa, FL 33607 United States
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    Our ReImagine Center is hosting a unique Easter event that will provide a more private and calming setting for your loved one to visit the Easter Bunny the day before…

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    Special Needs Screening: Missing Link

    Saturday, April 20 · 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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    A pillar of SMG’s Outreach since 2003, our Special Needs Screenings are designed for families raising children with special needs. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and…

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