Programs that change lives

Programs at Easter Seals NL

“When my son was younger he and his friends used to play all the time. As his friends grew up they started to play stand-up sports and he began to feel left out. This all changed when he found Easter Seals. Here he feels included with life-long friends. I can’t describe the pride I feel when I see him laughing at wheelchair basketball on Tuesdays.”

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Special Events

There are many seasonal and special events that take place at Easter Seals throughout the year, including Breakfast with Santa, youth dances, tournaments and other events such as Boccia Fun Fest. These are different from regular program registrations.  


Sledge Hockey

Canada’s game of hockey is played by people with disabilities using ice sledges. By using two shortened sticks with ice picks on the stick’s butt end, players propel themselves across the ice.

Easter Seals runs a weekly sledge hockey program at the new Town of Paradise Double Ice Surface. Our season starts in November and ends at Easter. Easter Seals provides the needed equipment including sledges, sticks, a helmet and jersey.

This program runs Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm with on-ice time from 1:30-2:20 pm. 

Program start date is Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Paradise Double Ice Complex.


Wheelchair basketball

Programs at Easter Seals NL - Wheelchair BasketballRacing down the court, passing the ball to a teammate after a wordless glance, turning on a dime, these are essential skills of any basketball player- wheelchair basketball is no different. All the rules and regulations remain the same. The only difference is that these athletes are in wheelchairs.

If ever there was a sport that could shatter the stereotype of a person in a wheelchair, it is wheelchair basketball.

A mixed ability  program is offered on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm at Easter Seals House



To play Boccia, players must repeatedly toss their ball within millimetres of the jack- while sitting in a wheelchair.

Boccia levels the playing field, as all competitors must sit in their chair in a designated box. Played with leather balls on a gymnasium court, this sport is perhaps best described as a cross between lawn bowling and curling. 

It is called the most inclusive sport in the world, and is played at all levels, from recreational all the way up to Paralympic competition.

The Community Boccia program is offered on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm at Easter Seals House.


Let’s Get Active

The Let's Get Active program welcomes children ages 0-12 years to develop and improve their fundamental movement skills to aid in physical literacy. 

Children will explore their balance, motor skills and flexibility using hula hoops. parachute games, balls, bean bags and more. During this program we will introduce children to basic skills used in parasports such as boccia and wheelchair basketball.

Volunteers will assist participants in reaching their physical activity goals in a fun, exciting, and rewarding way by engaging them in challenging games and activities. 

Some goals may be "I want to use my walker or wheelchair better", "I want to run faster", or 

"I wish to throw further."

This Program runs Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

The first winter Let's Get Active session for participants is Saturday, January 13, 2018. The session ends May 26, 2018


Creative Expressions Music Program

Programs at Easter Seals NL - Music Therapy

The Easter Seals Music Program is returning: Winter 2018.

Gillian Sheppard is the new facilitator of the Easter Seals Creative Expressions Music Program. Gill is a lifelong musician and has a vast experience offering music programs in the community . She has a passion for working with others, making music, and having a positive impact on their lives. 

The winter session will start the week of January 15 – 19 and run for 8 weeks till the week of Feb 26 – March 2, 2018.

The music program will offer both group and individual sessions. It will give an opportunity for participants to create and share music based on their interests and abilities. Common goals and interests within the group would be identified and used to guide the program outcomes.

Registration fees are

Individual  $160 for 8 weeks

Group  $80 for 8 weeks

The group sessions will have 5-7 participants per group


Youth Group : 10 years and under; Monday 3:30 – 4:15pm
Adult Group A; Wednesday  11:00 - 12:00 noon
Adult Group B; Wednesday    12:00 – 1:00pm
Teen Group; Friday; 5:00-6:00pm

Individual sessions are available for 30 minute slots

Monday 2:00-3:00 (2 slots)

Wednesday 1:30 – 4:00pm(5 slots)

Friday 12:30 – 3:00pm  (5 slots)




The Easter Seals swim therapy program provides participants with a 30 minute one-on-one volunteer led swimming session each week that focuses on the individual goals of the participant. 

These goals can vary anywhere from learning to put your face in the water, building strength in your legs or practising to swim in the deep end. Our volunteers work closely with participants to make sure they are having fun while reaching these swimming goals.

A new 10 week swim session will start on Monday January 15, 2018! There will be no swimming on the following date:

Mon March 19th - St. Patrick's Day

Registration cost  for this session is $100

Please note that Swimming registration is first come, first serve there is a limit of 35 spaces available.  

Available Timeslots: 

4:20 pm to 4:50 pm - 5 spaces

5:00pm to 5:30pm - 10 spaces

5:40pm to 6:10pm - 10 spaces

6:20pm to 6:50pm - 10 spaces

If you are unable to register due to limited space please contact Megan at to be placed on a waitlist, in case spaces become available. 

With registration to the swim program the participant registered receives a YMCA membership which can be used by them and an attendant to access their services offered by the YMCA. This includes the gymnasium activities, pool and fitness center if they are of the required age. 



Climbing Wall

Programs at Easter Seals NL - Music Therapy

A 26’ fully accessible climbing wall offers a challenge to climbers of all ages and abilities. There are four main routes with varying levels of difficulty.

Using a 4:1 belay pack with an easy seat harness, assistance can be given so that anyone can ascend the wall. We also have an ascender handle which now allows our climbers to pull themselves up the wall independently.

TA Loeffler , adventurist extraordinaire has shared her expertise to our program development and trains the volunteer belayers. Adaptive equipment is available for climbers with strong upper body strength but minimum leg strength to climb the wall using a pull-up style ascender.    

The climbing wall program runs on Friday nights from 6-7:30.

Our Winter wall climbing 8 week session will run from January 12, 2018 to March 9, 2018.  There will be no Climbing Wall on Feburary 16, 2018





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