Inclusion Matters: How to Bring Inclusion to Recreation Programming

10/29/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Recreation and Sports Programming


Participants in this session about inclusion will gain knowledge and experience about why it matters and how to successfully implement inclusion in recreation programming. Basic information about Denver (Colorado) Parks and Recreation and serving people with disabilities and people first language will prequel the process Denver Adaptive Recreation went through to formalize its Inclusion Support Services throughout its 30 recreation centers. We will share techniques and resources for successful inclusion, including best practices and testimonials. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to develop solutions for inclusion from situational group discussions.


Learning Outcomes:

Identify why inclusion is important and necessary in recreation programs

Gain knowledge and resources how to provide successful inclusion in their recreation department/facility

Implement people first language in their interactions with their community



Leah Huffer-Solomon

Senior Recreation Therapist, Denver (Colorado) Adaptive Recreation

As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Leah Huffer-Solomon has worked for the city and county of Denver Adaptive Recreation department for the past 17 years. She and her department have been supporting inclusion and have recently formalized their process of providing successful inclusion in all of the 30 Denver recreation centers. Huffer-Solomon has been an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 20 years.

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