Recreation Support Services

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.
Recreation Support Services
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

  • Art & Crafts / Pottery
  • Bingo
  • Board Games
  • Bowling
  • Buddy Work-out
  • Chorus
  • Dances
  • Hiking
  • Horse
  • Local Sporting Events
  • Movie Club / Theatre
  • Special Events
  • State Parks
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Yoga

Youth Programs

  • After School Activities
  • Biking
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Saturday Playgroups
  • Sports Inclusion
  • Summer Day Camp Inclusion
  • Programs for Youth with Autism
  • Teen Movie Club / Fan Club
  • Summer Day Program for Teens (Iroquios Program)
  • And more!

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