March 30-31, 2017
Marbles Kids Museum
Join us for our 7th annual Power of Play Conference. Gain knowledge and resources on the latest inclusive practices, network with others in the field, and have a lot of fun! The conference will include training on serving families effectively, building lifelong friendships for children, achieving positive behaviors, preventing and handling bullying, and creating accessible activities among other topics. This inspiring event is for all people who desire to ensure no child sits on the sidelines.
CEUs are available through a partnership with UMass-Boston and the Educational Endorsement of the American Camp Association.
Make your plans to attend the Power of Play Conference!
Dr. Amanda Kloo, PhD is a tenuredprofessor at Belmont Abbey College in the Department of Education. She is committed to enhancing learning, life, and health outcomes of individuals with disabilities. She is a veteran special education teacher and developmental specialist with experience working with a wide range of exceptional abilities. Her personal & professional passions focus on marrying learning & behavioral theories with coaching & movement methodologies to positively impact cognitive, emotional, social, & physical wellness of children and adults with varying intellectual and fitness needs. Amanda is also a coach, trainer, & adaptive athlete with cerebral palsy whose health, work, & life have been transformed by functional fitness training. To pay these blessings forward, she established Project Momentum Fitness a non-profit organization created to provide inclusive health and fitness supports to all athletes regardless of age, circumstance, ability, or disability. Amanda believes that exercise, activity & play are not only possible for everyone– they are fundamental for everyone. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, a widely published author, and holds multiple consulting positions at the University of Pittsburgh, the American Institute for Research, the Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network, The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the US Department of Education, and the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. Amanda lives near Charlotte with her husband Rob & twin sons Isaac & Elliot who enjoy the many gifts life brings to their unique family.
Will I benefit from the Conference?
The National Inclusion Project opens doors for all kids to be included together and experience all that life has to offer. We conduct programs with community partners to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience lifelong benefits. We believe that no one should sit on the sidelines.
Our goal with the National Inclusion Project Conference and Let’s ALL Play is to provide a framework and resources for program providers to implement successful inclusion in their programs.
The conference will have information that will be beneficial for the program provider who is brand new to inclusion and the inclusion veteran who wants to do more and/or better to serve in an inclusive setting. The conference will feature sessions for recreational professionals, specialists (i.e. Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, etc.), educators, students, parents, managers of play-based facilities (like museums and zoos), and many more! Not only will the sessions be beneficial for professional development, attendees have various networking opportunities throughout the conference. Supporters of the National Inclusion Project will also benefit as we communicate our mission and message.
Registration fee: $250
Are you a full-time high school or college student? Students get a reduced rate of $75. Please email Aron Hall if you would like to learn more about this rate!
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What are people saying about the National Inclusion Project Conference?
“As a professional who has been attending conferences for over 20 years, I must say that I received more relevant information during this conference than any other I’ve been to. I returned feeling enthusiastic and empowered!”
“It was very helpful to learn practical skills that can be directly applied in my work, ie, preventive strategies for working with children with autism (visual aids), as well as useful ice breakers that not only help in getting to know each other, but also help one in seeing how it might feel in someone else’s shoes.”
“It was so beneficial to learn that other organizations share similar challenges as we do as well as to hear from those who’ve had good success in areas where we may not have the same resources. I am amazed by the overall enthusiasm everyone had for both the conference and their own programs.”
“I came away with a better perspective of what inclusion truly is and ways to present it to my staff.”
Want to volunteer at the conference?
We’d love to have you! Email Aron Hall if you are interested in helping out.
Interested in sponsoring a conference session?
We are excited to offer opportunities for local and national businesses to engage with our conference material. We are looking for businesses to sponsor different sessions at our conference, including our three keynotes, breaks during each day, the networking and fun night, and our “fidget boxes”, full of various activities to help our attendees learn in the ways that suit them individually. Contact Aron Hall if you are interested in sponsoring a session!