Schedule & Sessions

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2017 Conference Schedule

March 30

8:00 AM- Doors Open

9:00 AM- The Power of Play Kickoff Session

10:15 AM- Breakout Session 1

12 PM- Lunch (on your own)

1 PM- Workout Session with Dr. Amanda Kloo

1:30 PM- Breakout Session 2

3:15 PM- Afternoon Break

6:30 PM- The Power of Play Fun Night


March 31

8:00 AM- Doors Open

8:45 AM- Fireside Chat

9:45 AM- Break

10:00 AM- Breakout Session 3

11:30 AM- Lunch (on your own)

12:30 PM- Breakout Session 4

2:00 PM- The Power of Play Launch Session

3:15 PM- Conference Ends


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Conference Sessions for 2017 

Beyond Training – Creating an Inclusive Camp Culture that Utilizes Support Strategies and Tools.
Presenter: Lisa Drennan & Emmy Casagrande- South Shore YMCA 

Lisa joined the South Shore YMCA in March 2014 as the first-ever Association Director of Inclusion, coming from a 30 year career with New England Village in Pembroke. While there she served as the Director of the Sollar Wellness Center, offering aquatics, fitness, music, art, and education specifically designed to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Lisa graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a Psychology degree. She lives with her family in Pembroke and is an avid fitness enthusiast who enjoys outdoor adventure activities.

Emmy graduated with a BA in Spanish and Early Childhood Education from Regis College in 2001. She graduated with a Master of Education in Moderate Special Needs, grades PreK-8 from Lesley University. She is a Massachusetts certified teacher for students with moderate disabilities, PreK-8. Emmy has taught in both Brookline Public and Marshfield Public Schools. She has over 13 years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis in school, home and community settings. Additionally, she has over 13 years of experience with Social Skills instruction. In her free time, Emmy enjoys hanging out with her family. She lives in Norwell, MA with her husband and two daughters.

Session Description:

This session will provide participants a review of the multifaceted steps to ensure your camp (or other social recreational setting) provides the most effective strategies used to create an inclusive environment. These best practices such as consistent use of a visual schedule, daily review of expectation charts and self-regulation techniques are proven to be effective in creating successful experiences for ALL children. Special attention will be paid to organizational commitment, staff training, implementation, and camp-wide “buy in”. This session will offer a combination of presentation, peer sharing, demonstrations and hands on activities. At the conclusion of the session, participants should walk away with a comprehensive toolkit with step by step directions to immediately implement into their program. In addition, participants of all backgrounds and/or positions will feel confident, armed with concrete and simple information to present to leadership staff and decision makers.


Ready, Set, Summer
Presenters: Anna Luther, MSW and Kathryn King, MSRA- Kids Included Together 

As Kids Included Together trainers, Anna Luther and Kathryn King provide staff coaching, mentoring and training to support positive behavior and inclusive best practices in out of school time programs throughout the US and beyond. Anna and Kathryn are thrilled to return this year for another memorable NIP Conference!

Session Description:

This powerful inclusion training is designed to provide program leadership with resources to train front line staff on the basic skills necessary for a successful summer experience for everyone. Presented in a “top tips for inclusion” format, workshop topics include accommodations for day camp settings, confidentiality, working with families, positive behavior supports and strategies for supporting friendships.


Inclusion Beyond the Basics: Best practices for sustaining inclusion at all levels of your organization
Presenter: Karyn L Martin, PhD- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Karyn’s passion for creating inclusive environments is reflected throughout her career. At Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM), Karyn partners with GSUSA in the Include All Girls Initiative, documenting and sharing best practices in inclusion. The Include All Girls initiative led to a Master Site Planning Process that put inclusion best practices at the forefront with the input of The Institute for Human Centered Design. Karyn has led workshops in inclusion for Global Explorers, which in turn supported the first universally inclusive Girl Scout destination trip; and for the Camp Business Fall Conference on the inclusion-based master site planning process. Her article “Ropes Courses for All” published in Camping Magazine began her involvement in creating universally accessible spaces and outdoor opportunities for children and adults, and in 2004 she designed and constructed a universal ropes course for GSEM. Since 2009 Karyn has volunteered with Over the Edge, USA, using her technical expertise to support rappellers of all abilities as they rappel off buildings to raise money for organizations like Kids Included Together. She can be reached at

Session Description:

Ten years into our Include All Girls initiative, we have effectively changed the culture around inclusion throughout our organization. Girls, families, volunteers, coworkers, and the board are comfortable with inclusion at all levels of the organization – but we are still learning and developing best practices at all levels. This session will address new (and often unexpected) situations that arise from our inclusive programs and workplaces and compel us to continue our commitment to inclusion.


An Educational Model for Inclusive Leisure Services
Presenter: John Dattilo-Penn State University

Dr. Dattilo is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University where he teaches about inclusive leisure services and leisure education from an applied, philosophical, and ethical perspective. He received his Ph.D. in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois. Dr. Dattilo is author of several editions of Inclusive Leisure Services and Leisure Education Program Planning and co-author of Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation with Alexis McKenney and Application of Behavior Analysis in Leisure Contexts with Kari Kensinger. Over the past 30 years he has collaborated with international and domestic interdisciplinary teams to conduct research resulting in 13 books, 24 book chapters, over 140 articles, 25 funded projects, and over 180 presentations at professional meetings, workshops, and agencies addressing needs of a variety of people who encounter social-psychological barriers to their leisure. Throughout his career Dr. Dattilo has tried to create opportunities to respectfully understand perceptions of diverse individuals to provide a forum to share their voices and gain insight into ways to assist them in addressing barriers to their leisure so that they are empowered to experience enjoyment and meaning in their lives.

Session Description:

Presentation of an educational model designed to promote positive attitudes and increase understanding of ways to reduce leisure barriers and provide leisure services for all people.