The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department is committed to provide equal access to programs and activities. We provide both specialized activities (those exclusively for people with special needs/disabilities) and a continuum of support and accommodations for those who may need some assistance to be included in all appropriate recreation programs.
Would you like to get email reminders of classes and activities through the Adapted Recreation and Inclusion program? Send me an email and I’ll add you to my email notification list.
What Is Inclusion?
Inclusion might mean something different for every person. We think of inclusion as supporting people with special needs/disabilities to be included in parks and recreation programming to the best of their ability. We support people as they are included in Parks & Recreation programs by prompting social interaction, helping children build tolerance to participation (5 minutes 1st day, then 10…) or helping peers to find a way to interact, for example.
Please register at least two weeks in advance of the start of an activity to assure that we have planning time to develop accommodations, hire appropriate staff and find out more about the individual. Be sure to complete the appropriate area of the registration form if you're requesting inclusion support. We'll contact you for further information.
Specialized programs are designed specifically for children and adults with disabilities and often include family and friends. Please read activity descriptions carefully so you'll know the staff:participant ratio to gauge if your family member will be successful in the program.
Some children and teens can benefit from both specialized programs and from being included with typical peers. Please contact me if you’d like help to assess whether an activity could be a positive experience for you or for an individual in your care.
Every effort will be made to accommodate each individual with the help of parents, guardians, caretakers and inclusion companions. If a person’s conduct poses physical harm or risk to self or others we may ask to meet with family or other caretakers to develop and implement strategies to help with success. After a reasonable amount of time and effort has been made, the individual may be asked to forego Parks and Recreation programs and activities until alternate behaviors are learned.