We work to make the inclusion of children with disabilities
the EXPECTATION, not the exception.
All too often, children with disabilities and their families find their recreational and social options extremely limited or segregated to special programming. The National Inclusion Project works to bridge this gap by providing recreational programs and community organizations the tools and training they need to serve ALL children in their communities.
Our mission is to make sure no child has to sit on the sidelines, and that children of all abilities have the chance to play, laugh, and learn TOGETHER.
Attend Power of Play 2023!
All participants come away with the strategies, resources, and best practices needed to make inclusion possible across all settings, in all activities, for children with and without disabilities.
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WE CO-AUTHORED A NEW BOOK!
Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is written by practitioners for practitioners. It provides a distinctively practical take on the inclusion of youth with and without disabilities at camp, based on our “Standards for Inclusive Recreation.”
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With National Inclusion Project’s help, we were able to provide Matthew with the support he needed to not just participate, but ultimately CONNECT with his fellow campers. In less than a week, we watched Matthew progress from needing continual support and encouragement to initiating conversations with counselors, advocating for himself, and eagerly staying and participating with his group.Continue Reading...
We didn’t know it at the time, but this camp experience would be life-changing for James…I have watched his confidence and self-esteem grow each summer he attends, and there are no words to describe the joy it brings me to see my child thrive in this program. James would not be where he is today were if not for the training and support of the National Inclusion Project.Continue Reading...
For our daughter Brooke, camp can be a time of stress, anxiety, and insecurity. But not this summer, thanks to your program! The NIP-trained counselors all embraced and accepted Brooke in a way that lifted her up, boosted her self confidence, and made her feel like one of the gang. We cannot tell you how much this means to us and to her.Continue Reading...
Inclusion Benefits Everyone
1 in 5 people in the United States has a disability.
85% of children participating in Let’s ALL Play showed improvement in social skills, motor development and self-esteem
Of children with disabilities made new friends in a Let’s ALL Play program
You Can Make A Difference
Inclusion means EVERYBODY. That’s why we can't do what we do without YOU. Whether you choose to donate your time, your voice, or your money, your dedication and support are what help us make this vision of inclusion a reality.
Families, friends, and advocates of children with disabilities are the first stop on the journey to full inclusion. Use these resources to learn what YOU can do to bring inclusion to your life and your community.Learn More
From summer camps and after-school programs to museums and zoos, we are excited to partner with recreational organizations intentionally reaching out in their communities to include children with disabilities.Learn More
Everybody Participates Everybody Belongs
There are many ways to support our mission. One of them is through donating.
Whether it's a little or a lot, it all helps and it all matters!