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

Mark FlemmingFounder, 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 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

“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 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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    February 2019

    Sensory Friendly Saturdays Altitude Trampoline

    Saturday, February 16 · 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day First of the month, repeating until Saturday, July 6, 2019

    An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until Saturday, July 20, 2019

    Altitude Trampoline Park, 4340 W Hillsborough Ave, Ste #350
    Tampa, Fl
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    At Altitude Tampa, we want all to gain the enjoyment and freedom of flight on a trampoline so each 1st and 3rd Saturday morning of the month we offer Sensory-friendly…

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    Buddy Up Tennis

    Saturday, February 16 · 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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    One event on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9:00am

    One event on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9:00am

    One event on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00am

    One event on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:00am

    One event on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9:00am

    One event on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00am

    MacFarlane Park, 1700 N Macdill Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33607 United States
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    Buddy Up Tennis is a high-energy, adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and young adults with Down Syndrome in the Tampa area. Buddy Up Tennis is a 90-minute clinic…

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    Fishing Derby for Children with Special Needs

    Saturday, February 16 · 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd
    Lutz, FL 33548 United States
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    Hooks for Hope is holding their first FREE event serving special needs children in the Tampa Bay Area! If you would like to register a child to participate in the…

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    ASF Adaptive Sports Jam

    Saturday, February 16 · 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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    One event on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00am

    One event on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 6:30pm

    Campbell Park, 601 12th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33705 United States
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    For more information and registration please visit: or call (727) 308-0483 On behalf of ASF Adaptive Sports, Me & U Fitness Academy, SOCAL WCMX and of the Organizing Committee, it…

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    Sensory Warriors

    Saturday, February 16 · 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 Movie Screening: The Lego Movie 2

    Saturday, February 16 · 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Studio Movie Grill, 7718 113th Street North
    Seminole, FL 33772  United States
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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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