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all Things Inclusion during COVID-19
As recreation and community programs make changes to their programming based on COVID-19 restrictions, National Inclusion Project is here to provide resources to help make the new virtual and in-person program models inclusive of children with disabilities.
As more and more recreation programs move to alternative camp models, it is important to consider the needs of children with disabilities in any new programming. Join the National Inclusion Project and specialists in inclusive recreation and education for discussions about accessible programming and delivery as we navigate a new camping landscape.
Coffee Talk 4 (A Podcast) with NIP: Inclusion at Home- Disability & Family During the Pandemic
A Podcast Discussion (no video) of the Ups and Downs of Family Life & Disability During the Pandemic
Listen in as National Inclusion Project, a parent of children with disabilities, and family resource specialists discuss the unique impact the pandemic has had on family life this summer.
- Parents of children with disabilities highlight the successes and hurdles they’ve experienced navigating changes to school, recreation, social experiences, and home life during the pandemic.
- Specialists share recommendations for family & child supports, resources, and respite.
- Panelists offer tips for stress relief, key considerations for inclusion support, strategies for school year & program transitions, and advice for moving forward.
Coffee Talk 3 with NIP: Lessons Learned from Inclusive Essential Childcare Programs
Many early childhood programs have been providing essential services throughout the pandemic and have navigated social distancing, precautionary procedures, and safety guidelines with positivity, creativity, and innovation. In this webinar, the National Inclusion Project and inclusive child care professionals discuss the successful strategies for meeting the needs of the young children and families in their care.
- Panelists will discuss the most successful strategies they have implemented so far to help children cope, learn, & grow.
- They will also share key lessons learned & effective problem solving solutions.
- Finally, they will highlight their top “go to” resources, materials, & supports to sustain inclusion during these difficult times.
- Questions are answered during the event and addressed fully in an FAQ document.
Coffee Talk 2 with NIP: Inclusion and Reopening
A Round Table Discussion of Inclusion Strategies When Reopening Camp
As camps move toward reopening and plan unique activities for Summer 2020, it’s important to consider the needs of children with disabilities. In this Coffee Talk, the National Inclusion Project and inclusive recreation specialists joined for a round table discussion of strategies to provide meaningful, inclusive camp experiences in-person this summer.
- Discussants highlighted best practices of inclusive recreation programming that can be implemented even in socially-distanced or physically-distanced settings.
- Discussants provided practical strategies for designing or redesigning activities to engage children with a variety of strengths and needs.
Coffee Talk 1 with NIP: Inclusion for Virtual Camps
Recording, FAQ and Resources Now Available
Has your program decided to go virtual this summer? Need some ideas on getting started with virtual programming and making sure it's accessible? Check out our first Coffee Talk as we discuss accessible digital programming and delivery. In the video recording below:
- Panelists address effective communication and content delivery, tips & tools for accessibility, and practical strategies/first steps for going virtual.
- Participants leave with a list of practical strategies and resources to design meaningfully inclusive virtual activities to engage all children- even in isolation.
- Questions are answered during the event and addressed fully in the FAQ document below.
- Self-Care During COVID-19 - And as much as we know program staff are giving 150% to their organization and program during this time, we also know that if they burn out, it won't do anyone any good. These are some helpful resources for Self Care during the COVID-19 crisis for you, your staff or anyone you know who's in need of some self-care.
- Virtual Accessibility Tools - Is your program pivoting to online camp this summer? Make sure you are up to date on all the accessibility options for the different virtual and digital platforms available.
- Tip Sheet for Creating Inclusive Activities - Accessibility still matters even if we are connecting through a computer screen or playing 6 feet apart. When planning activities, answering these 5 basic questions create more equitable experiences for ALL children—virtually and socially distanced!
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