First of all, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Power of Play conference.
From March 20 to 22, over 150 recreation practitioners, inclusion advocates, families, and therapeutic professionals came together at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh to learn about the latest and greatest inclusion practices, network with like-minded professionals, and have a ton of fun doing it!
This year's conference focused on the themes "making memories" and "designing for everyone," and boasted a fantastic roster of presenters.
Speakers from Smithsonian's Spark!Labs, The Kaleidoscope Project, NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Partners for Youth with Disabilities, just to name a few, shared their cutting-edge inclusion expertise.
The much-anticipated keynote speakers: Dr. Laura Klinger, Director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program, author Kathie Snow, and designer and founder of Kata, Kat Holmes, exceeded all expectations and really brought home powerful messages.
Of course, no Power of Play conference is complete without--you guessed it--PLAY! The Clue night social event combined the scavenger hunt vibe of the classic board game with team building tasks, physical challenges, and plenty of silliness (as evidenced by the pictures below).
We've already begun making plans for next year's event (no rest for the weary!). And we would love to hear feedback from anyone and everyone who attended. We're especially interested in any success stories you've had using the tools and knowledge gained from PoP, so please don't hesitate to get in touch!