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Recreation and Family

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt. 0 or email

Jennifer Sawyer teaches gymnastic classes for children with special needs.


Location: 8448 Gulf View Dr, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
Phone Number: (423) 637-7358

Ginger Brown provides dance classes for children with special needs.


Location: 3991 Cloud Springs Rd, Ringgold GA, 30736
Phone Number: (706) 861-6767

Green’s Karate combines Traditional Japanese Karate with Sensei Green’s own innovative techniques to teach a diverse range of students, including those with special needs. Sensei Green works extremely well with kids with autism of all ages and levels.

Main Dojo: 4107 Hixson Pike Chattanooga,  TN 37415
Phone: 423-405-3656


The Miracle League of Chattanooga provides a place where children with special needs can play ball! They typically begin in April and continue for 6-8 weeks through the summer. 

Location: 301 W. 6th Street, Chattanooga, TN, United States, Tennessee

Phone: (423) 266-3766


Website:  Miracle League of Chattanooga | Chattanooga TN | Facebook

Out and About

​A program at the Chattanooga Autism Center that organizes sensory-friendly events for individuals and their families. Sensory-friendly events create an environment that’s safe from typical noises, lights, and other factors that can become overwhelming.  These events are not only fun, but educational.  Children deserve a fun outing just like anyone else, but may not be able to attend many places, merely because the environment can create a sensory overload. Examples of events include Sensory Friendly Movie nights, visiting the police station or fire station with sensory-friendly options, and special times at the Discovery Museum, and going to the Monster Truck races before the event while all trucks are turned off and quiet. For more info, contact the Chattanooga Autism Center at (423) 531-6961

Tellus Science Museum has three galleries dedicated to special exhibits that change every six months to a year, so there is always something new to see at the Museum. Plus they have permanent exhibits such as the Fossil Gallery.

Tellus Museum provides sensory friendly mornings every quarter. Check the event calendar for when they have the next sensory free morning. Tellus reccomends that you register in advance. 

Location: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120

Phone: (770) 606-5700


Therapeutic Recreation Division of the City of Chattanooga provides leisure and recreation opportunities for youth and adults with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. They have many different sport programs and also provide health education and advocacy. Their programs help individuals can build confidence, improve physical and cognitive abilities, and expand support and social networks. To receive their newsletter or for more information regarding programs and summer camps, check out their website. Elaine Adams is their program coordinator.

Web address: Therapeutic Recreation (

Location: Warner Park, 1254 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37404

Phone: (423) 643-6607


The Dream League Baseball is the first league in Chattanooga designed for players that are mentally and/or physically challenged. The Dream League teaches basic playing skills and encourages each player to play to the best of their abilities. They teach about teamwork, good sportsmanship, but most importantly, they want it to be a chance to make new friends and have fun!! 


The cost per player is $60 which includes a team shirt and hat and no one is turned away if they are unable to pay. In the spring, the league plays from the last of March thru the first of June, two games a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays! 


Online sign-up and payment begins the second of January at and sign-ups in person is the last two Saturdays in February from 10-2 and the last Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.  For the fall, there are no fees to play and it starts in Mid-September thru Mid-October, two games per week, but no Saturdays!


Contact:  Dave Dake - League Commissioner, Coach 423-413-7979

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