Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NIRI Presents Inclusion Awards

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NIRI Presents Inclusion Awards

Article excerpt

Groton Parks and Recreation and Carla Kress were honored with the Excellence in Inclusion Awards presented by NRPA at the National Institute of Recreation Inclusion conference. The agency and individual were recognized for efforts in including people with disabilities in recreation programming and inspiring others to develop similar programs.

In being selected for the award, Groton was singled out for its development of an inclusion aide program that recruits, trains and assigns aides to help include citizens in any of its programs. The program is unique in the sense that it is proactive. Normally, agencies look for aides after a request for assistance is received. Groton has trained aides standing ready to help before requests are made. This enables the department to provide immediate assistance to people rather than having them wait several weeks for an aide to be assigned.

The awards committee was also impressed by the leadership the department has shown in serving as a model for the Real Choice Systems Change program over the last three years. As a result of the grant, Groton has developed several new programs, expanded services and refined policies to create a more welcoming environment community wide.

"We couldn't be happier," Eileen Cicchese, the special needs and inclusion coordinator for Groton Parks and Recreation, said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.