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Youth Enrichment Handbook for Parents 2016 - 2017

24 INCLUSION POLICY PARTICIPATION IN OUR PROGRAMS: IT’S YOUR CHOICE Whether you choose to participate in our specially designed programs or take part in our general recreation programs, Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services will find a way for you to get the most out of every leisure activity. Involvement in leisure experiences is important to the quality of life for all individuals. The Inclusion Process Some individuals with disabilities prefer to participate in our general recreation programs offered through the Recreation division. To include those with disabilities, we provide support in the form of adaptive equipment, program modification, additional staff training and other services to facilitate inclusion. Our staff will assist in determining the most effective means of inclusion support for individuals to participate in any program. Selecting a Program If you need assistance in making recreation and leisure choices or exploring new and different possibilities, an intake interview may be appropriate. Our staff can identify an individual’s needs, strengths and interests through an assessment that will help in pinpointing programs that best match the individual’s abilities and interests. Here’s How To Get Included • Register for the recreation program of your choice. If you or your participant have a special need or disability that requires special accommodations, please contact Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services. • Contact the Recreation Services supervisor at least two weeks before the start date to discuss the details or features of the program. • Complete an annual information form, available at all recreation facilities and program areas. • The Recreation Services supervisor contacts Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services (if necessary) to discuss the type of support needed to accommodate you or your family member. • Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services works cooperatively with the family to determine which accommodations best support the individual. • You or your family member start the program with inclusion support(s) in place. • Our staff members periodically observe the program to provide assistance and answer any questions. • Communication between Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services, Recreation staff and the individual and/or family is maintained throughout the cooperative inclusion process. Our goal is for participants to have positive recreation and leisure experiences.


Youth Enrichment Handbook for Parents 2016 - 2017
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