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Recreation Knows No Limits: How CP Alberta Promotes Inclusive Recreation

At Cerebral Palsy Alberta, we believe that recreation should be accessible and enjoyable to all, regardless of age, ability, or background. That's why we're recognizing Inclusive Recreation Day on June 19, 2024!

What is Inclusive Recreation?

Inclusive recreation goes beyond simply providing access to facilities and activities; it's about ensuring that everyone feels welcome, valued, and empowered to participate fully. It's about breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of belonging for all individuals, regardless of their differences.

Our Approach to Inclusive Recreation

At CP Alberta inclusivity is at the heart of everything we love. Here are some key ways we can all promote inclusive recreation:

Accessible Facilities: Take proactive steps to ensure that facilities are accessible to individuals of all abilities. This includes wheelchair ramps, accessible parking, adaptive equipment, and barrier-free spaces that accommodate diverse needs.

Diverse Programming: Offer a wide range of recreational activities and programs that cater to the diverse interests and abilities of community members. From sports and fitness classes to arts and cultural events, have something for everyone to enjoy.

Inclusive Practices: Encourage staff and volunteers to undergo training in inclusive practices, disability awareness, and effective communication techniques. They should be committed to creating welcoming and supportive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

Community Engagement: Actively engage with the community to ensure that recreation programs and services meet the needs and preferences of diverse populations. Seek input from individuals with disabilities, cultural groups, and other stakeholders to inform decision-making and program development.

Accessibility Features: Implement accessibility features and accommodations to enhance the inclusivity of recreational offerings. This includes providing alternative formats or methods for communication, offering flexible scheduling options, and ensuring that your facilities and activities are sensory-friendly.

Why Inclusive Recreation Matters

Inclusive recreation is not only about ensuring equal access and opportunities; it's also about promoting social inclusion, health and wellness, and community cohesion. By embracing diversity and creating environments where everyone can participate and thrive, we foster a more inclusive and vibrant community for all.

Get Involved

We invite you to join us in our commitment to inclusive recreation on June 19, 2024, by sharing this blog post and helping us spread the word. Whether you're a participant, volunteer, donor, or advocate, your support helps to continue the creation of accessible and welcoming spaces where everyone can belong.

Together, let's celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity, and make recreation truly accessible for all.

Cerebral Palsy Alberta is proud to be a leader in support of reclaiming recreation for all, and we look forward to continuing our journey toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

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