The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken, announced over $500,000 in grants to support programs nationwide as part of the Foundation’s Let’s ALL Play initiative.
In just two years the Foundation has invested over one million dollars to expand Let’s ALL Play across the country. The goal of Let’s ALL Play is to assist child and youth organizations in moving toward full inclusion. In 2004, the inclusive recreational experience for children with and without disabilities was instituted by the Foundation.
The Foundation will support over 30 recreational programs in 2009. Programs receive a program model and Foundation training in addition to grant funding. Because of the Foundation’s support, children across the country will participate in inclusive programs for the first time.
Let's ALL Play brings an Inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities by giving them the same experience as children without. Children with disabilities and their peers who are typically developing come together to participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.
In 2008, The Foundation enlisted the services of The Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston to assess the implementation of Let’s ALL Play. Overwhelming evidence showed that campers with disabilities improved self-esteem, social skills, social relationships with campers without disabilities, general engagement in camp activities, and sport/motor skills.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation looks to create communities where ALL children can learn, live, and play together. Because of the continued support of dedicated volunteers and the assistance of new supporters, the Foundation will give over 5,000 children an inclusive experience this summer.
“The Bubel/Aiken Foundation’s investment in creating inclusive opportunities for children will impact our country for generations to come,” said Clay Aiken.
About The Bubel/Aiken Foundation: The Bubel/Aiken Foundation provides services and financial assistance to promote the full integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of those without. The Foundation strives to create awareness about the diversity of individuals with disabilities and the possibilities that inclusion can bring. To learn more about The Bubel/Aiken Foundation or ways to get involved visit their Web site at www.bubelaiken.org.