Arlington County maintains the philosophy that all people have the right to participate in any Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) program. In the after-school programs, we are inclusive, serving youth with and without disabilities. This is made possible by hiring staff that have this experience, providing staff training and having additional staff at various DPR locations to lower ratios. This year we are fortunate to be the recipients of a grant from the National Inclusion Project to further promote social inclusion. This grant was awarded to the Therapeutic Recreation Office to facilitate training opportunities for all after-school staff.
The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, and works to bridge the gap between young people with disabilities and the world around them. The project kicked off in October 2014 and concluded in June 2015..
What will the funding be used for?
Arlington County received a grant that allowed the County to implement Let’s ALL Play curriculum, which helped people with and without disabilities feel socially included during afterschool recreation activities.
Train the trainer staff from the Therapeutic Recreation Office visited programs on various days to offer teachable in-the-moment training and to lead Let’s ALL Play curriculum activities.
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Why is inclusion important to Arlington?
Watch this short video to learn a little more about inclusion in recreation.