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.


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.


The SDAIS program is open to all schools serving students challenged by disability. Schools currently participating in the SDAIS program include:

  • Buffalo Public School 27
  • Buffalo Public School 32
  • Buffalo Public School 45
  • Buffalo Public School 64
  • Buffalo Public School 66
  • Buffalo Public School 72
  • Buffalo Public School 80
  • Buffalo Public School 81
  • Buffalo Public School 82
  • Buffalo Public School 84
  • Buffalo Public School 89
  • Buffalo Public School 93
  • Buffalo Public – City Honors
  • Buffalo Public – McKinley
  • Buffalo Public – Middle Early College High
  • Buffalo Public – The New Buffalo School of Culinary
  • Arts and Hospitality
  • Buffalo Public – Olmsted 156
  • Buffalo Public – South Park
  • Cantalician Center
  • Cheektowaga Central School District
  • Clarence Central School District
  • Cleveland Hill Union Free School District
  • Depew Union Free School District
  • Frontier Central School District
  • Lackawanna City School District
  • Lake Shore Central School District
  • St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
  • Stanley G. Falk School Cambridge
  • Starpoint Central School District
  • Sweet Home Central School District
For more information on how your school can participate, please contact SABAH’s School Day Coordinator Carrie Drabik:

The Bud Bakewell Ice Rink

2607 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

Check back soon for this season’s schedule.