LEEP provides inclusive education, recreation and healthy living opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One thing which is often lacking in the lives of people with disabilities is the opportunity for appropriate leisure and recreation. Recreation provides many benefits such as socialization, personal growth, a feeling of being valued and an overall enriched quality of life. By participating in recreational activities, a person learns new skills, increases self-esteem, relieves stress, becomes involved with the community and has fun. Recreation should be available for everyone of all abilities.
LEEP serves individuals over the age of eight years, however the agency's largest population are adults. LEEP participants have some form of developmental or intellectual disability and may have physical disabilities and/or mental illness. There are approximately 850 different individuals in the greater Mankato area who participate in LEEP programs throughout the year, many of whom participate on a weekly basis. Some of our programs include: Special Olympics, Night Activities, Special Events, Youth Programs, Classes, and All-Inclusive Vacations.