A WAY TO LIVE, LEARN, PLAY
What We Do
Special Day Foundation’s Programs serve children and adults from special populations helping them to overcome cognitive barriers and reach their full potential.
People often ask why we offer dental care and recreation as our two types of programs. The simple answer is that there is a need in the disability community for both. We did not design programs we thought were needed, we listened to our disability community and designed services most needed.
The Importance of a Special Day
Family members and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities understand the challenges that come with even the most typical of days. Keeping up with your loved one’s changing needs is often exhausting and setbacks can be common.
Special Day Foundation understands the importance of bonding with your loved one in a stress-free environment. Our programs are designed to positively impact the life of our participants and their caregivers.
Caregivers and family members are always welcome to come along on their loved one’s Special Day. Joining these exciting adventures will allow you to watch with pride as your loved one experiences boating, fishing, and other experiences for the first time. It also offers you the opportunity to create lasting memories.
FOCUSING ON SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Socialization | Community Inclusion | Accessibility
For many people living with a developmental disability, the ability to enjoy social activities is very limited. Ordinary outings, like going on a fishing trip or even visiting the dentist, are often out of reach. Special Day Foundation provides the funding and accessibility needed to give developmentally disabled individuals these experiences.
Poor or non-existent dental care is a chronic problem among many special needs children and adults. As a result, these individuals often experience daily discomfort and are at risk for developing multiple medical conditions associated with poor oral health care.
Special Day Foundation has partnered with the University of Florida College of Dentistry to provide affordable, accessible dental care. Through this program, qualified dentists provide specialized dental care while our Community Outreach Dental Hygienists focus on oral hygiene, preventative care and training of program participants.
FISHING & BOATING EXPERIENCE
Fun Recreational Opportunities
Getting out of the house and connecting with nature is important for all of us, including people with a developmental disability. Our Recreational Fishing Program provides special needs individuals and their families/caregivers the opportunity to experience a fishing adventure or boat tour. Not only is this a fun and thrilling outing, but it also provides physical, therapeutic, and social benefits. Through the generosity of our donors, we’re able to provide these trips at no cost to participants and their families/caregivers.
Wounded Warrior Fishing
As a thank you to our local wounded warriors, we extend an invitation to join us for a complementary fishing trip. These trips can be scheduled by calling 941-225-3103 or by using our contact us page to request information. Trips are on a first-come first-serve basis within the current fishing schedule