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

Let’s Connect!

“ 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

“As a child and now a young adult, I struggled with social interaction. Even now it is so nice to connect with others that 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

“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

“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 fit 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 Tailman Founder, adaptive fitness program, Me & U Fitness

“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 be spread faster than before. This is the reason I am proud to of become an Ambassador for HUG!”

Mark FlemmingFounder, Puzzle Piece Fitness

“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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    July 2018

    Sensory Warriors

    Saturday, July 21 · 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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    Special Needs Sunday School

    Sunday, July 22 · 11:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until Saturday, July 28, 2018

    St. James United Methodist Church, 16202 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33647 United States
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    SPECIAL NEEDS SUNDAY SCHOOL  St. James realizes the importance of families being able to attend Sunday worship TOGETHER.  Therefore, accommodations are available at the 11am Sunday worship service that will…

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    Indoor Summer TOP Soccer

    Sunday, July 22 · 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until Monday, July 23, 2018

    Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 9th Ave. South
    Safety Harbor, FL 34695 United States
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    TOPSoccer is designed to reach and meet the needs of young players with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program caters to player development rather than competition. TOPSoccer takes the kids off…

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    Dancing for Donations Summer Camp

    Monday, July 23 · 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until Friday, June 29, 2018

    One event on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:00am

    One event on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00am

    We Rock The Spectrum Tampa, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #102
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Enjoy a week of dance classes, crafts, friends and playtime! June 25th - 29th July 16 - 20th July 23rd - 27th Half Day: 9:00am - 12:00pm $160.00 / Week…

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    Indoor Open Play at K Peas Place Westchase

    Monday, July 23 · 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday, December 31, 2018

    K Peas Place, 13966 Lynmar Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33626
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    Blending children and caregivers into an enriching, spacious and safe atmosphere to connect, play, and celebrate together… Children ages birth- 6 years come to enjoy time socializing,  exercising their imaginations through play…

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    Growing Together Playgroup (registration required)

    Monday, July 23 · 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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    An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Monday, repeating until Monday, December 17, 2018

    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map

    Growing Together is a five-week developmental playgroup for confidently walking one year olds.  This class is led by a trained facilitator and targets early childhood development through music, singing, rhymes, parachute play, and fine…

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