All Kids Can Play!
This fall, Community Foundation Grey Bruce (CFGB) launched a new granting stream focused on improving youth access to recreation, including sports, arts and culture, education, music and leisure activities. CLKD recognizes that one of the biggest barriers that has prevented children with disabilities from participating in mainstream recreation programs is not their disability – but a lack of understanding of how to include them, a limited awareness of what accessibility barriers may exist and/or an attitude that children with disabilities are ‘better served’ in segregated programs. To address some of these barriers, CLKD is thrilled to be able to create the ‘All Kids Can Play’ project with the support of a $3000 grant from the CFGB. The ‘All Kids Can Play’ project is a new partnership between the Community Living Kincardine & District and Grey Bruce Inclusive Playgroup, an inclusive recreation program founded in 2021. The goal of the project is to increase inclusion within existing recreation programs across Grey Bruce enabling more children with disabilities to participate alongside their peers. CLKD and Grey Bruce Inclusive Playgroup will be working together to design and deliver a training and consultation program for local recreation leaders in order to help them incorporate inclusive practices into their programs and better position themselves to serve children of all abilities. The resources and training will be designed to support coaches, volunteers, recreational leaders, municipal staff, small business owners and parents to help them increase their understanding of inclusive practices, policies, and program structure. The “All Kids Can Play” project will consist of a combination of individual consultations, community training sessions, the development of a website and creation of resources for local recreation leaders and will be ready for delivery this spring.