Recreation Support Services

Adult Mission of RSS:

Recreation Support Services (RSS) strives to help individuals, primarily those with disabilities, achieve their goals for happiness and well-being. We do this by creating leisure opportunities for active participation, making friends, fostering independence, and community inclusion.

Youth Mission of RSS:

To provide quality recreation programs, with a focus on inclusion, for youth with disabilities (primarily developmental disabilities) in order to foster growth in social and physical skills, as well as provide opportunities for friendship.
Recreation Support Services, a department of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, provides recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities year round.

RSS is funded by Tompkins County Youth Services, the City of Ithaca, the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, the New York State Division for Youth, and Tompkins County Mental Health Services.

Adult Programs

  • Biking
  • Bingo
  • Board Games
  • Bowling
  • Chorus
  • Dances
  • Fitness / Yoga
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Horse
  • Ice Skating
  • Local Sporting Events
  • Movie Club / Theatre
  • Special Events
  • State Parks
  • Swimming

Youth Programs

  • After School Activities
  • And more!
  • Biking
  • Community Buddy
  • Inclusion Training
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Saturday Playgroups
  • Sports Inclusion
  • Summer Day Camp Inclusion
  • Summer Day Program for Teens (Iroquios Program)
  • Swim Lessons at the Y
  • Teen Movie Club / Fan Club

Program Cost

Most programs are free or have a minimal charge. More extensive programs (especially those that include traveling) may cost the price of admission and/or possibly a meal.


Call RSS at the Youth Bureau at 607-273-8364. RSS staff will answer your questions and send you registration forms and information. Once you complete and return the forms to RSS, a RSS staff member will set up an appointment for a short interview to meet you. All participants will receive a monthly RSS calendar of events. Participation in programs is based on space availability.

Calendars, Forms & Information