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

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“HelpUsGather.org 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 Tallman Founder, 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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    October 2018

    Sensory Friendly Saturdays Altitude Trampoline

    Saturday, October 20 · 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 Monday, December 31, 2018

    An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, December 31, 2018

    Altitude Trampoline Park, 4340 W Hillsborough Ave, Ste #350
    Tampa, Fl
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    $11.95

    Altitude Tampa is so happy to be able to offer an added special time for our awesome guests that struggle with Sensory issues, in case our regular business hours are…

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    Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida

    Saturday, October 20 · 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave
    Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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    Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida WHERE: Water Works Park WHEN:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The WALK-N-ROLL® for Spina Bifida is a family-friendly walk event being held to raise awareness about Spina…

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    Friends of HUG Holiday Tree Decorating

    Saturday, October 20 · 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    HUG Offices, 1180 Ponce de Leon
    Clearwater, FL 33756 United States
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    You're invited to help the HUG team create a special holiday tree to display in our office! We'll be decorating the tree as part of The Arc Tampa Bay's Festival…

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    Sensory Warriors

    Saturday, October 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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    $15.00

    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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    Adult Blowing League

    Saturday, October 20 · 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Saturday, repeating until Sunday, March 31, 2019

    Dunedin Lanes, 405 Patricia Ave
    Dunedin, FL 34698 United States
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    A bowling league for adults (18+) with developmental disabilities. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. New bowlers can join on any date. Home staff, paid companions, or…

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    Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Saturday, October 20 · 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    We Rock The Spectrum Tampa, 1076 E Brandon Blvd #102
    Brandon, FL 33511 United States
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    Join We Rock the Spectrum for some Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun, with face painting, games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, Halloween treats, and open play. Space is limited, reserve your ticket today. Don't…

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