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

    Let’s Connect! ~ HUG’s E-Newsletter

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    March 2019

    Adult Gymnastics – Rhythmic

    Thursday, March 21 · 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Bayside Sports Academy, 4400 34th Street North
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33714 United States
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    Omega Bright Stars Rhythmic Instructor(s): Gaylen Granby This class is for adults with special needs and promotes strength and flexibility through learning and practicing gymnastics skills tailored to your ability.…

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    Adaptive Fitness Bootcamp ~ “Let’s Move”

    Thursday, March 21 · 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Bodyssey Performance, 14280 Walsingham Rd
    Largo, FL 33774 United States
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      This group fitness class will focus on muscle strength, coordination, flexibility and Improve exercise endurance which will help you have better balance, motor skills, body awareness, strength, and health.…

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    Tennis for Fun – HCC Clinic

    Thursday, March 21 · 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Hillsborough Community College, 3901 West Tampa Bay Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    The Tampa Clinic is held at the Hillsborough Community College Tennis Court on Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Contact: Daniel Guagliardo (813)431-3162 and Thomas Guagliardo (813)417-1538 Hillsborough Community College…

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    Tennis for Fun – Tampa Palms Clinic

    Thursday, March 21 · 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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    Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33647 United States
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    The Tampa Palms Clinic is held at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club on Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Athletes of all ages and level are welcome! Volunteer Coaches…

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    Sky Zone Sensory Hours

    Thursday, March 21 · 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Sky Zone Clearwater, 13000 66th St N
    Largo, FL 33773 United States
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    SENSORY HOURS IN CLEARWATER, FL THURSDAY 6PM-8PM $10.00 Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs. You can find more info…

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    Boundary Breakers (18+ yrs) 6:30 pm

    Thursday, March 21 · 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, 3611 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614 United States
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    GiGi’s Fantastic Friends program supports the development of social skills and language through social interactions with peers and the community in a casual and fun setting. The Tampa team likes…

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