Inclusion & Accessibility Organizations
These organizations address and improve inclusion and accessibility with expertise on training, evaluations, resources, and recommendations.
National Inclusion Project
"Every child can participate, every child can make a friend and every child can succeed."
National Inclusion Project (NIP) works to make the inclusion of children with disabilities the expectation, not the exception. NIP provides trainings, tools, and support to community organizations and recreational programs so children with disabilities can be included in all of their activities and programs. The Standards For Inclusive Recreation Programs outline best practices for inclusive recreation, and serve as the foundation for all NIP training resources and accreditations. These Standards include information on administration, facilities, staging, programming, evaluation, and other resources. NIP further boasts customizable training for frontline staff, leadership staff, executive boards, and more.
"Providing national leadership & opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, & fitness through participation in community sports, competition, recreation, high performance sport and educational programs."
Move United is a premiere adaptive athletics national organization with various ties to resources, information, opportunities, and support for individuals with disabilities and organizations working with them. Move United offers trainings, webinars, events, and references as well as resources for a variety of sports & activities, adaptations needed, and guides to participation and performance. Move United also promotes equal opportunity through community-based chapters across the U.S. These chapters provide regional support for this looking to get involved.
Move United 2020 Conference Presentations:
Kids Included Together
"Helping organizations meaningfully include kids with disabilities."
Kids Included Together (KIT) helps others meaningfully include children with disabilities through inclusion training, policy development, and sharing best practice information and research. KIT provides online training, on-sight training, coaching, consulting, speaking engagements, and updated policies and standards for inclusion. KIT boasts developed standards for inclusive practices in youth and child programs, including engaging workshops filled with hands-on activities and strategies for including children with disabilities or complex needs. KIT also offers specific training for summer camp staff called "Ready, Set, Summer."
National Center on Accessibility
"The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation, and tourism."
The National Center on Accessibility provides services for parks and recreation programs. Their areas of specialty include training, planning, consultation, assessment, technical assistance, and research. The comprehensive services that the National Center on Accessibility provides can aid programs in developing an accessibility plan that works for them. Assessments and evaluations look at the complete visitor experience from entry-to-exist, consider current conditions to remove barriers to participation, and further consultation applies best standards and procedures. Training and planning services can ensure staff and individuals working in inclusive recreation environments have the education, knowledge, and skills needed to collaboratively facilitate best practices through all phases of accessibility improvement.
"InFocus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with self-advocates, families, and communities to enhance the image of people living with a disability. Our work contributes to the creation of inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome and valued."
In 2010, InFocus began as a collaborative effort to gain a better understanding of barriers and supports to community inclusion for individuals of all abilities. By partnering with organizations and individuals, they have developed the ideas and understanding of access, participation, and community inclusion. InFocus Advocacy's partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has led to further insight into inclusion practices in summer camp settings. Infocus encourages and supports the growth of inclusion in summer camp settings and provides training, comprehensive evaluations, camper programs, and recommendations.
Additional Resources & Guides to Inclusion
Produced by United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware in 2015, this guide to inclusion provides information for successfully developing inclusive programming and recreational opportunities for individuals of all abilities in camp settings. Topics covered in this guide include an intro to disabilities, communication, camp administration info, inclusive activities, special dietary needs, assistive devices, personal care, and understanding behavior.
The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and the Ramah Camping Movement developed a thorough guide to address the needs of campers with disabilities. While some information in this guide is specific to Jewish camps, there are several other topics covered that all camps can benefit from. Topics include staff training, strategies and examples for managing behavior, planning tools, and information about specific disabilities.