Special Needs

The Kanata Dragons Athletic Club (KDAC) are pleased to offer children with special needs the opportunity to play soccer. We are able to offer this program to a limited number of children with the assistance of dedicated special needs staff who are hired by the Kanata Dragons for the duration of the summer season. In previous seasons children with autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome have participated in this program.


About the KDAC Special Needs Program

The KDAC Special Needs Program focuses on inclusion while providing one on one support for children who might need a bit of extra help. Athletes with special needs play on teams with other KDAC athletes, thereby promoting a sense of belonging. Each athlete with special needs is accompanied by a helper who will be at the field every week to help the athlete when needed. The helpers, with the assistance of the Special Needs Coordinator, will keep a record of how each sessions goes, so that they can determine what works best for each child. Parents are welcome to speak to the helpers or to the Special Needs Coordinator with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Program Objectives

  • Achieve individual objectives throughout the 10-week soccer season.
  • Encourage an active lifestyle.
  • Improve motor skills.
  • Empower children to participate in extracurricular activities with other children.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and collaboration.
  • Learn and refine soccer skills.
  • Strengthen communication skills.


Program Coordinator - Erin Kral

I’m a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. This fall, I will start studying to become an occupational therapist in graduate school at the University of Ottawa. I have experience working with special needs children through several years of coaching with the Ottawa Lions and with Club Mont Sainte-Marie. I love being able to work with children with special needs and to help them grow through sports.


Fundraising and Donations

This program is only possible through fundraising and donations. Please consider making a donation to the Kanata Dragons Special Needs Program.

Thank you for your generous donation - It will make a difference in these children's lives.


If you have any questions, please contact Erin Kral at admin@kanatadragons.com or at 613-470-0080.