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Old Colony Y welcomes people of all ages and abilities.  We provide a variety of adaptive programs designed to engage children with Autism, Asperger's, Down syndrome, and their families.  Developed for parents, by parents, Y-Ability is offered at no cost in all 7 of our branches.

Contact your local branch for more information or view your branch's program brochure.


Y-Ability Programs


This program is the original research based, unique fitness/wellness program that captures the essence of movement and rhythm and combines it with fun! Drums Alive is full of powerful and motivating music and drumming rhythms that get feet stomping and bodies moving. The original whole brain and whole body program allows ALL individuals to participate without ever having picked up drumsticks before!


This program introduces teens to the safe and proper use of the fitness center. This class will be full of educational pieces for the teens to take back and apply either at home or in our fitness center. The instructor will introduce different exercises and how to apply them correctly. Another focus of this class will be going over healthy items to eat!


Swim-Ability participants work towards goals set by the participants along with family members and caregivers. With the goals and capabilities of each individual participant in mind, staff works through an assessment process and develops a program plan. Family members/caregivers are encouraged to take part alongside the participant if they so desire. There is a maximum of 6 participants in the pool during a session. The YMCA can provide 1:1 staff support and have additional support staff on the pool deck based upon participant need and ability.

Arts, Crafts, & Games

This class will include an arts & crafts project each week, hands-on creations, and interactive games. Some examples include homemade play dough, slime, winter-themed crafts, parachute games, building block challenges, and more!

Fitness Fun-Obstacle Courses

This class will keep kids active while having fun! Class will focus on helping children with athletic skills such as running, jumping, balance, strength, flexibility, agility, and more. The main feature of class will be obstacle courses, set up differently every week. The courses will help children build these skills while having fun as a team. Courses will be themed each week and allow children to use their creativity to add to the fun adventures! All abilities for ages 6+ are welcome!

Team-Ability Programs

Basketball (ages 12-17)

This is an introduction program dedicated to developing the skills necessary to transition into a Special Olympics program. View our flyer!

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