Inclusive recreation programs afford individuals with or without a disability the opportunity to participate in the same activities. For inclusive services to be successful, inclusion must be a value that is shared by all parties involved.
Whether an after-school, weekend, swimming, or day camp program, municipal parks and recreation departments, private recreation providers, and non-profit organizations offer a range of programs designed to meet the interests and abilities of all participants.
Inclusive Recreation can also be referred to as integrated adapted, or accessible recreation programs.
Why Should You Become Involved In Inclusive Recreation Programs?
• Enhance physical abilities
• Increase self-esteem, confidence, and independence
• Improve social skills and make new friends
• Develop lifelong recreation attitudes and skills
• Improve overall quality of life
Listings of inclusive programs, camps, and organizations may be found under Resources in the Partner Links section under the “Inclusive Recreation Guide” heading.
Community Self Advocacy
Self-advocacy is not only for individuals but also for communities. Catulpa envisions a future where the people we serve are recognized and valued as contributing members of their community and fully integrated into their community’s activities.
We know this is a vision shared by many children, youth, adults, and families with developmental or mental disabilities. As individuals, agencies, and governments, we must work together to face the growing need for inclusive supports and services within our communities.
By advocating for better resources and funding for each child and family, we can make a difference.
No matter how you choose to advocate it’s important to follow some simple guidelines:
There are several different ways you can choose to raise awareness about your issue. Some of them are: