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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    April 2019

    Adaptive Chair Fitness

    Monday, April 22 · 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    Bodyssey Performance, 14280 Walsingham Rd
    Largo, FL 33774 United States
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    Group fitness class for all adaptive fitness level who are looking for a low impact, chair workout. The class will focus on stretching, upper and lower body strengthening as well…

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    Sensory Friendly Film: Hellboy

    Tuesday, April 23
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    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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    Gro Group Plant Sale

    Tuesday, April 23 · 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    The Tarpon Springs Gro Group is a hands-on learning experience for adults with disabilities. The curriculum includes plant cultivation, landscaping, and nursery operations.  The Gro Group offers a plant sale…

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    Wonder Years Playgroup: Ages 2-3

    Tuesday, April 23 · 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Baby Bungalow, 3108 W. Azeele St. FL 33609 United States + Google Map

    Wonder Years is a five-week developmental playgroup led by a trained facilitator and targets early childhood development through music, singing, rhymes, stories, and creative age-appropriate activities to promote preschool readiness. Age: 24 months…

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    Indoor Open Play at K Peas Place

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    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 and explore through sensory creative arts. …

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    Adult Gymnastics

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    Bayside Sports Academy, 4400 34th Street North
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33714 United States
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    Omega Bright Stars-Adult Instructor(s): Gaylen Granby This class is for adults with special needs and disabilities. It promotes strength and flexibility through learning and practicing gymnastics skills tailored to your…

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