Inclusion is more than the mere presence of people with disabilities or other special needs in general programming; it is the full and active participation of all individuals together. Reach works with city parks and recreation departments to provide an extra staff person at a program when a person with a disability requests additional accommodations to be successful.
These staff members work together with coaches and instructors to blend in, providing the minimum support needed at any given time and encourage independence and skill building in all of the participants. Inclusion staff members support children and adults in all types of programs such as dance, t-ball, summer camps, art classes, yoga, paddle boarding, chemistry club, swimming lessons, and more. Inclusion facilitators focus on attention span, sensory integration, communication, physical adaptations, and behavior management. They assist with social interactions, repeat and/or model instructions, verbally redirect a participant when distracted, assist a person with meeting their sensory needs, and generally assist a program to be successful for both the person with the disability and those without. Each person is unique and the support they receive looks different, it is individualized based on the participant’s goals and desires.
Reach provides inclusion support for
- Brooklyn Center
- Brooklyn Park
- Golden Valley
- New Hope
- St Louis Park, and
- Three Rivers Park Districk