School Day Adaptive Ice Skating (SDAIS)

SABAH’s largest program, the School Day Adaptive Ice Skating (SDAIS) program serves students who are both economically challenged and challenged by physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities or a combination of disabilities.


As the only program of its type in the United States, students’ individual developmental goals are achieved through the use of adaptive equipment and specialized instructional strategies.

The SDAIS program incorporates “stations” into the curriculum to engage students in a diverse variety of activities. Each class is required to set individual student goals, including dressing skills, skating skills, social skills, following directions, and appropriate interaction with peers and different volunteers and instructors. The lesson plans also incorporate a physical and occupational therapy component.

The program is aligned with New York State Standards for Individuals with Disabilities, and learning objectives are linked with New York State Educational Standards & Alternative Assessments for Students with Severe Disabilities.


How to Enroll Your School in the SDAIS Program

The SDAIS program is open to all local schools whose students face either special needs or low socio-economic constraints. Schools currently participating in the SDAIS program include:

  • Attica Middle School
  • Buffalo Public School #27
  • Buffalo Public School #31
  • Buffalo Public School #32
  • Buffalo Public School #45
  • Buffalo Public School #65
  • Buffalo Public School #72
  • Buffalo Public School #80
  • Buffalo Public School #81
  • Buffalo Public School #82
  • Buffalo Public School #84
  • Buffalo Public School #90
  • Buffalo Public School #93
  • Buffalo Public School #156
  • Buffalo Public School #206
  • Buffalo Public School #302
  • The Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc.
  • Cheektowaga Elementary
  • Cheektowaga High School
  • City Honors
  • Heritage Centers
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • Lockport High School

For more information on how your school can participate, please contact SABAH’s School Day Coordinator Carrie Drabik:


Schedule & Location

The SDAIS program runs Monday through Friday from October through March each year. Students skate in Riverside Park at:

The Bud Bakewell Ice Rink
2607 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

Check back soon for this season’s schedule.