Recreation/Sports

Brookfield Zoo Introduces “Zoo for All” Inclusion Resources

Brookfield Zoo Introduces “Zoo for All” Inclusion Resources

The Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago is has implemented ways to become more inclusive to all guests, as part of its “Zoo for All” initiative. The zoo has opened a calming, “sensory-friendly” family room and an Inclusion Resource Center for families who have children with disabilities.

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Rogers Centre

John’s Accessible Summer Adventures: Rogers Centre

The summer would not be complete without a trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario to watch the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are beginning the process to build a team to be a World Series contender in the years ahead.  With the experience of veteran baseball players including Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak combined with the emerging talents of the new recruits including Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte and Randal Grichuk suggests a promising future.

Parks for Inclusion

Parks for Inclusion

Everyone deserves a park, says America’s National Recreational Parks Association (NRPA). The NRPA is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative. They’re calling the three-year pledge “Parks for Inclusion.”

Inclusive Club Checklist

Inclusive Club Checklist

Here’s a handy and quick tool by which an organization can figure out how well their inclusivity efforts are working. The self-assessment tool is aimed at sports organizations but the questions can be adapted to almost any organization type. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the questions.

Designing a Barrier Free Garden

Designing a Barrier Free Garden

Community gardens create opportunities for learning and community participation, and of course, the freshest possible food at harvest time. By going the extra steps to make a community barrier free, all people in your neighbourhood can have the experience of gardening.

Accessible vs Inclusive Playgrounds

Accessible vs Inclusive Playgrounds

“Ramps and accessible swing seats in of themselves do not lead to engagement,” says Mara Kaplan of consulting service Let Kids Play.  “In order to be inclusive, a playground obviously needs to be accessible, but that an accessible playground is not always inclusive.”

Inclusive Play

Inclusive Play

This first-person opinion piece in the Minden Times of Minden, Ontario, calls on communities and leaders to think beyond “basic accessibility.” Sue Tiffin is the mother of a four-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair. In an eloquently written argument for more accessible communities, Ms. Tiffin encourages politicians and leaders to think big.
 

Accessibility Sports Hub

Accessibility Sports Hub

Accessibility Sport Hub (ASH) is a new online app launched by Vancouver-based viaSport in partnership with Microsoft Canada. The ASH app or chatbot helps athletes, teachers, coaches, parents and other interested stakeholders find and share sports resources designed for people with disabilities. The application’s development was partially funded with help from the government of British Columbia, Canada.

Inclusive Play

Inclusive Play

One way to stay fit and enjoy lifelong wellness is to keep active and participate in regular physical activity. Dr. David Yi, an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in N.L. is working to improve access to physical activity, not only for persons with disabilities, but for everyone. Dr. Yi states that “quite often we know we should be inclusive, but in reality, we don’t know how to do that effectively.”

World’s First Accessible and Inclusive Water Park

World’s First Accessible and Inclusive Water Park

Morgan’s Inspirational Island is a theme park that recently opened in San Antonio, Texas. This $17 million park features five play areas with pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and more and is designed to ensure that everyone can enjoy the facilities.

Tips to Promote Inclusive Physical Education

Tips to Promote Inclusive Physical Education

Although physical education (PE) may not be every students favourite period, there are proven benefits that fitness and team sports can improve overall health and mental wellness. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. recently ran a live chat aimed at teachers to explore how to optimize PE class so students feel involved and motivated.

Inclusion Resources Teaching Tools

Inclusion Resources Teaching Tools

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of educating children and youth of the lifelong benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. The organization has been supporting schools and communities with programs and services for almost 100 years. Working in partnerships with local school boards, government agencies, public health and the private sector, Ophea has developed programs which support healthy schools and communities.

The Sparkle Effect

The Sparkle Effect

The Sparkle Effect is a non-profit organization based in Bettendorf, Iowa in the US. Its goal is to empower students to initiate inclusive school-based cheerleading and dance teams. To date, it has supported 180 teams, involving 3,600 youth. 

Inclusive Extracurricular Activities

Inclusive Extracurricular Activities

The importance of inclusive extracurricular activities is highlighted in an article published by Amariah Hash and Stephen Menendian, writing for the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. While schools may require that students participating in a competitive extracurricular program have a given level of skill, all students need to have access to opportunities to engage in athletics.