LET US SUPPORT YOU ON YOUR
JOURNEY TO INCLUSION
Whether you are a large organization brand new to disability inclusion or a small program looking to enhance your existing inclusive efforts, our information sessions, interactive workshops, educational partnerships, accreditation and resources are here to help.
Through training, tools, and support, NIP meets organizations and practitioners where they are on their inclusion journey to help them implement quality inclusive programming for the children and families in their communities.
NIP offers multiple packages to support a wide range of recreation programs from camps, to afterschool programs, to community centers, to athletics, to childcare centers, and beyond! We will tailor session content and design to meet your program’s needs/interests. Cost is based on many factors including size of group, length of presentation, number of trainings and location.
The Standards are a list of quality standards and best practices for inclusive recreation that was created in collaboration with industry experts, researchers, practitioners, families, and advocates from across the country. Developed in partnership with the Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) at Umass Boston, the Standards are an educational resource available to any recreation program wanting to provide meaningful inclusive experiences to their participants. They power everything we do.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Standards.
I'm pleased to say that after our NIP training, our entire program has been reconstructed to be more inclusive. We've seen an influx of families with children who have diverse needs who now have answers and options to support them!
Children's Programming Director
FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Whether you are just starting out on your journey to inclusion or looking to enhance your existing inclusive efforts, we have RECORDED info sessions to help get you started. This is also a great resource for volunteers and advocates to learn more about what we do.
- Introduce you to the basics of inclusive recreation
- Educate you on the Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs
- Inform you on how a recreation program can be Accredited by NIP
These will help you get your feet wet and see what NIP is all about.
NIP offers multiple packages of inclusion education, training, and professional development support for a wide range of recreation programs from camps, to afterschool programs, to community centers, to athletics, to childcare centers, and beyond! Big or small. We tailor session content and design them to meet your program’s needs/interests. We can…
- Introduce you to the basics of inclusion
- Enhance your understanding of inclusion recreation strategies to help all children succeed
- Enrich the inclusive programming and supports in your program
- Train your summer staff for inclusion at camp
- Educate you on the Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs and becoming a nationally recognized Accredited inclusion program
After my NIP training, I feel more confident and prepared. This is my first summer coaching kids with disabilities so I was kind of nervous. I am excited to include everyone to help everyone believe in themselves and have fun.
Youth Soccer Coach
Powered by the Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs, NIP's Accreditation process serves to recognize and confirm that a program is intentionally and successfully serving individuals with and without disabilities. The path to Accreditation is tailored to each program. Programs first beginning their inclusion journey might benefit from a 2-year partnership grounded in training and development, gradually leading to Accreditation review laid out below. Programs with established inclusionary supports might dive right into the process with a 1-year Accreditation partnership.
The online Inclusive Recreation Specialist course is designed for recreation professionals early in their careers, experienced practitioners working in recreation or related fields, as well as students still in their studies wanting to deepen their knowledge. When you complete the 16-week online Course, you will earn a certificate in inclusive recreation from NIP indicating your professional skills align with the Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs and that you are trained to comprehensively meet the needs of children with disabilities in recreational settings and programs.
We have downloadable materials to help make your program more inclusive of children with disabilities. Our resources include Accessibility Tools, Inclusive Activity Tip Sheets, Program toolkits and more.
Ready to learn more?
Whether you are interested in what’s listed above or have no idea where to start (maybe you're somewhere in the middle?), email our Director of Inclusive Recreation AmandaKloo@inclusionproject.org for more info or schedule a call with her to talk through your options, answer your questions and design a partnership to meet your needs.
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