Mountain Recreation and Small Champions have partnered up to bring inclusive and adaptive recreation youth programming to our district and Eagle County. Through this partnership, we strive for inclusion in all activities and programs. We believe that everyone deserves to live a healthy and happy life and together, we are better!
Adaptive Rec focuses on youth with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities. Through repeated assurance and positive experiences our instructors and coaches help youth grow, learn, and have fun. Every effort will be made to place participants in their desired activities regardless of physical or intellectual disabilities or special needs.
This new initiative will focus on Gymnastics, Rec Kids Camps and Aquatics (availability dependent on staffing.) More offerings to follow.
It all starts by filling out the “Adaptive Rec Request Form” below!
Questions regarding Small Champions?
Please contact Kenzie Grant, Small Campions at firstname.lastname@example.org
- How it works
Adaptive Rec Request Procedure
An “Adaptive Rec Request Form” (below) must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the program in order to allow for adequate time to assess the request.
If you are requesting any type of accommodation for your child, you must submit a written request form at least 2 weeks prior to the activity start date in order to allow time for your request to be reviewed. Once a written request is received, you will be contacted to schedule an assessment meeting to further discuss the needs of your child.
- Requests will only be considered if there is room in the program for an additional participant. If the class/program has already reached it maximum number of participants, Mountain Recreation will contact the parent/guardian to communicate that the class is already full.
- Once a request is received, the parent will be contacted to discuss the specific needs of the child.
- If an inclusion aide is assigned, he/she will contact the parent prior to the first day of the program to introduce self and inquire about any special needs and considerations the child may have while attending the activity.
- All attempts will be made to accommodate the needs of all participants, however, due to staffing restraints, days and times may be limited.
Please note: All attempts will be made to accommodate the needs of all participants, however, due to staffing restraints, days and times may be limited.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion with Mountain Recreation and Small Champions means that individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities as their non-disabled peers. Reasonable modifications are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program. Some minimum eligibility requirements must be met in order to participate.
What services are not part of an inclusion program?
Inclusion services does not include the following:
- Provision of a separate area or alternate activity for a significant portion (more than 25%) of the scheduled program.
- Exception to minimum compliance with the program’s rules and regulations, with or without modifications, established for safety of all participants and staff.
- Hiring, selection, or guaranteed assignment of a specific staff member.
- Individualized therapy within a program.
- Provision and/or purchase of personal custom devices/equipment/supplies.
Is an inclusive recreation program the right choice and/or experience for my child?
Observe the program first-hand and ask yourself these questions…
- If school-aged, does your child’s current classroom activities or goals prepare him/her for an inclusive recreation experience?
- Has the individual shown an interest in the program, activity, or subject matter?
- Is he/she comfortable and able to function appropriately, with or without assistance, in inclusive environments (malls, restaurants, parks, etc).
What other choices are available for individuals with disabilities?
Small Champions also offers alternative choices through specialized recreation activities that are offered specifically for individuals with disabilities including kids, youth, and young adults ages 5-21. The adaptive program offers a wide variety of opportunities including sports, recreation, and social opportunities for youth with disabilities.
What are some examples of reasonable accommodations available to promote successful participation?
- Ongoing training provided for inclusion support staff.
- An enhanced staff to participant ratio.
- Age override.
- Adaptive activity equipment and/or supplies, if available.
- Assistance in the provision of health services, which do not require medical training.
What are the minimum requirements for successful inclusion?
The same minimum requirements that apply to a person without a disability also apply to a person with a disability. These include:
- Meeting the age and registration requirements of the program.
- Following the rules of conduct (with or without reasonable modification).
- Voluntary participation: recreation programs and activities are voluntary in nature. Participation will be encouraged and aided, but not forced.
- Level of participation: with or without reasonable modifications, the participant will engage in scheduled activities for the majority of the program time.
- Ability to use a consistent form of communication to indicate basic needs and follow simple directions.
- Ability to tolerate and function, with assistance, as a member of a large social group (12 or more people).
- Required paperwork for licensed programs are turned in before acceptance into state licensed programs.