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    HUG Entrepreneurs

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    Mark Fleming

    Equally Fit is the Tampa area’s first exercise training studio owned and operated by a trainer with autism.

    Ethan Holt

    Ethan Holt is an exceptionally talented model with Down syndrome.

    Maxine Simeone

    Shop Sparkles by Maxine for fabulous accessories designed and hand-crafted by a woman with Down syndrome.

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    What They're Saying About HUG was created to connect people with special needs and their families to social events and activities in the community. Feeling disconnected or isolated has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. HUG’s mission is to help create a more inclusive world for people of all abilities.

    Robin LallyFounder, Help Us Gather

    HUG is a great organization for people with special needs to find various activities in the community. I am so grateful to find HUG because I just moved to Clearwater, Florida and I needed to make friends my own age. Now, I have lots of friends and I have a full calendar filled with fun activities.

    Neetha ErukullaHUG Ambassador, Volunteer

    I could not be happier for being involved with such a great organization like HUG. This organization fills a great need for the special needs community in bringing it into the 21st century, which allows for awareness and acceptance to be spread faster than before. This is the reason I am proud to of become an Ambassador for HUG!

    Mark FlemingFounder, Puzzle Piece Fitness

    As a child and now a young adult, I struggled with social interaction. Even now it is so nice to connect with others that share the same challenges. The website is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages with disabilities to help people with social skills and to connect with one another.

    Rachel BarcellonaMiss Manatee River 2019, Board Member CARD-USF, Ambassador Unicorn Children’s Foundation

    This website is a necessity because it allows people with disabilities or the parent of a person with a disability to easily find events in their neighborhood that can bring them together. They have a variety of choices for all ages and I truly think that this website is a positive step in uniting the special needs community.

    Katherine MagnoliMiss Wheelchair Florida 2017, Author and Radio Host

    We are so excited to have the Help Us Gather website to share our programs and help in providing information to group homes, Adult Day Training programs, parents, companions and others who work with or love the developmentally disabled.

    Horton TownesDirector, St. Paul Handicapable Ministry

    Before I found HUG, my daughter was becoming depressed because she was lonely. I found the HUG website, and now she has too many things to do! She has so many friends. Her health is better now because she’s happy. It’s just wonderful.

    Rose KingMother of Christine King, HUG Ambassador

    Featured Stories

    Watch some of HUG’s favorite moments featuring individuals with special needs