Celebrate the ADA Anniversary with Hillsborough County
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, Hillsborough County reinforced its commitment to providing equality in all services, programs, and activities. Whether looking for a way to have fun or for a little help, Hillsborough County offers programs for everyone:
- The All People's Life Center has been the County's showcase facility for therapeutic programs since its opening in 2007. The center offers after school and summer camps, sport clinics, evening activities, special events, special-interest classes and hosts many athletic competitions, including: quad rugby, power wheelchair soccer, and wheelchair basketball tournaments.
- Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay provides year-round sports and recreation programs and competitive sports opportunities like archery, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, adapted tennis, powerlifting, swimming, track & field, water skiing, and power soccer.
- The Bakas Equestrian Center hosts riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities. It holds the premier accreditation through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH.)
- Camp Sparks offers after-school and summer camps for youth ages 5-22 with disabilities. The program is designed to provide fun, age/ability-appropriate recreation activities to people with various disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, and learning disabilities.
- From large print books to braille, Hillsborough County Public Libraries also provides accessibility services for residents. Libraries also have a number of assistive technologies available, so everyone can enjoy a good book or other library services.
- The Backdoor Trash Collection Service is a free program that helps residents who are physically unable to place their garbage or recycling outside for collection.
- Financial assistance is available to income and special needs eligible homeowners for making repairs on their owner-occupied homes through the Special Needs Barrier Removal and Rehabilitation Program.
- Residents with disabilities are also eligible to apply for the Sunshine Line. This bus provides door-to-door transportation for seniors, low-income residents, and people with disabilities who do not have their own transportation.
- In case of emergency, like a storm or hurricane, the County has programs in place to help residents with special needs find shelter and transportation. Register for Special Needs Disaster Assistance if you might require extra attention to stay safe.
Don't see what you need here? The ADA Office provides assistance to residents who require accommodations to access programs, services, or activities. For accommodations, contact Customer Service & Support at (813) 272-5900.