SenseAbility Gym Incorporated is a nonprofit corporation serving special needs children in the greater Hopedale, Massachusetts area. Our mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs.
The mission of SenseAbility Gym includes the following:
Community: SenseAbility Gym wants its members to feel welcome, and part of the special needs community. Safe Sensory
Play: SenseAbility Gym wants parents of children with special needs to feel there is a safe place to bring their children for fun, exercise and sensory support.
Acceptance: SenseAbility Gym will have an environment that recognizes that all special needs children are different and that all learning styles, personalities, and abilities are welcome.
Support: SenseAbility Gym will be a place where families of special needs children can go to meet other families who share the same struggles.
SenseAbility Gym was founded by Alysia Butler and Tina Perriello of Hopedale, Massachusetts, both parents of boys on the autism spectrum. As moms of autistic children, we found that there were a couple private occupational therapy centers in the area that occasionally offer public access to their therapy equipment, but there is nothing in the area that provides parent/child centered time all year long. We knew our kids needed more, and that is how SenseAbility Gym was born. With the autism rate recently rising to 1 in 88 children, we believe that in establishing SenseAbility Gym we have the potential of connecting with hundreds of families in our area.
Q. Who do you serve?
A. Located in central Massachusetts, we serve families of children with special needs from our surrounding area.
Q. What is your organization’s proudest accomplishment?
A. We recently had a grand opening week where we welcomed over 100 children into our gym facility. There were giggles, the smiles, and happy faces – from the kids and the parents! This is exactly what we were hoping for when we came up with the idea for SenseAbility Gym.
Q. What is SenseAbility Gym’s greatest need?
A. Our greatest need going forward will be continued financial support through donations and grants in order to keep our doors open to the public. We have purposely kept our prices low and income-sensitive to make sure our space is available to all families. To protect that, we need to keep fundraising and connecting with our local, state and national organizations for support.
Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?
A. In the immediate future we plan to offer social skills and life skills classes at our facility. As we grow, we hope to be able to expand our space to purchase equipment appropriate for teens and adults with special needs and run programs specifically tailored to them.