Recreation & Leisure

Leisure and Family Fitness Socialization (L.A.F.F.S)

L.A.F.F.S. is a community-based supported fitness and recreation program designed to offer leisure activities for children and leisure activities for young adults (ages 5-25) with behavioral challenges and developmental disabilities. L.A.F.F.S. provides necessary supports to help young adults and their families participate in pre-existing, private-pay recreational, fitness, and social activities. L.A.F.F.S. is comprised of two programs; Summit BFFs and L.A.F.F.S. Recreation.
 
Summit BFFs (Building Friendship Fridays)

We work hard at The Summit Center, but we also know that it is important to have fun. The Summit Center’s BFFs program offers structured, Friday evening respite and recreation and leisure services for individuals 16-25 years of age. We provide regularly scheduled social and recreational activities on Friday evenings in both the community and at our 165 Creekside Drive site in Amherst for 12 individuals.

Participating in activities like bowling and school dances, individuals are given the opportunity to interact with one another and build long-lasting, meaningful relationships. Participants may attend up to two Friday night outings per month, with no more than six individuals participating each Friday evening.

Eligibility: This program is funded by a Family Support Services Grant provided by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Certain eligibility requirements apply.
Contact: For more information on L.A.F.F.S., please call 716-629-3400.

Watch this short video to learn more about The Summit Center’s BFFs Program:

 

L.A.F.F.S. Recreation

We understand the importance of providing leisure activities for children and adults in Western New York. Active engagement in fitness and recreation activities like little league baseball or soccer is crucial to childhood development. If you are worried your child will not be able to participate in recreational or fitness activities because of a disability, think again.

The L.A.F.F.S. Recreation and leisure services program provides support to planned community recreation and fitness activities and/or groups, as a way of assisting children with disabilities, 5-18 years of age, and their families to become more engaged in their community. Prior to your first visit, The Summit Center staff will visit the selected organization and offer disability awareness information. Staff will then accompany you and your family, providing support and crisis expertise, allowing you and your child the opportunity to participate in community recreational activities. The program’s intent is to work with the child and family for a period of time, and eventually fade support.

Eligibility: These programs are funded by a Family Support Services Grant provided by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Certain eligibility requirements apply, Call us to learn more.
Contact: For more information on L.A.F.F.S., please call 716-629-3400.

Watch this short video to learn more about L.A.F.F.S. and the recreation and leisure services we offer for children and adults.