Assessing your facility and programs

How Inclusive is your agency?

 This tool* is designed for agencies offering recreation programming.  Your honest answers to the questions will allow you to determine just how inclusive your programs and agency is as well as provide you with some thoughts about changes you can make to be more inclusive in your programming.

 MINIMUM STANDARDS (MS)FOR INCLUSION

MS1:  You or members of your staff make inclusion decisions based on best practice and evidence-based research.

      Indicator 1:Do you or your staff participate in annual inclusion training offerings at professional conferences?

Yes

No

      Indicator 2:Do you or your staff exchange information found in trade magazines, research articles, or internet on inclusion practices?

Yes

No

      Indicator 3:Does your new staff training program/material explain the legal requirements for reasonable accommodation?

Yes

No

      Indicator 4:Does your annual staff development schedule include training about reasonable accommodations?

Yes

No

MS2:  Your agency has a process for determining reasonable accommodations needed by individuals with disabilities.

     Indicator 1:  Do you have a process for receiving and assessing requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities wanting to participate in your programs/activities?

Yes

No

    Indicator 2:  Are your staff aware of the legal requirements for providing reasonable accommodations?

Yes

No

MS3:  Your agency has conducted an assessment of your physical plant and has considered access issues related to:  entrance and parking, doors, signage, restrooms, drinking fountains, telephones and emergency egress.

 

 

     Indicator 1:  Does your physical plant assessment indicate that individuals with disabilities are able to physically access all goods and services offered at your agency?

Yes

No

HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS (HQS) FOR INCLUSION

HQS1:  Your agency has a formal inclusion statement.

     Indicator 1:  Does your agency’s philosophy, vision, mission, values and goals reflect a commitment to inclusion and diversity?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:When reviewing your annual reports, brochures, registration material is there reference to your agency’s inclusion statement?

Yes

No

HQS2:Your programs and staff have strategies and resources to ensure effective inclusion for all in the program activities.

     Indicator 1:  Are your staff and volunteers trained in inclusive practices and accommodations?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:  Do any of your staff have specialized training, certification or significant experience working in inclusive practices/strategies/accommodations?

Yes

No

     Indicator 3:  Does your staff development activities and volunteer training curriculum include units on knowledge and skills related to inclusive practices?

Yes

No

     Indicator 4:Does your agency hire/consult with an inclusion facilitator to coach, guide and support staff in their efforts to include persons with disabilities in programs and activities?

Yes

No

     Indicator 5:  Has your agency identified potential community partners or industry resources that would provide support to staff in their efforts to promote inclusive services?

Yes

No

HQS3:  Your staff identifies the strengths and interests of persons with disabilities, either formally or informally, and creates individualized plans for including them in program activities.

     Indicator 1:  Does your staff have a process to identify participants’ strengths and needs?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:  Does your staff develop a written plan for including individuals with disabilities in the program activities?

Yes

No

HQS4:Your staff creates activities and or curriculum that allow for all participants to participate.

     Indicator 1:  Does your staff have access to a program binder/resource where they can find examples of modified activities and tips for including individuals with varying abilities?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:  Does your staff attend workshops to learn how to create inclusive activities?

Yes

No

HQS5:  Your program descriptions and outreach efforts encourage individuals with disabilities to participate in your agency’s programs and activities.

     Indicator 1:  Does your program material encourage individuals with disabilities to participate in your offerings (e.g., do you have photos that include individuals with disabilities in your marketing material)?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:  Does your program material (flyers, brochures, reports, registration forms, website, etc.) state that individuals with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to participate?

Yes

No

     Indicator 3:  Does your agency publicize your offerings to other agencies that serve individuals with disabilities and their families?

Yes

No

     Indicator 4Is your program material (flyers, brochures, reports, website, registration forms, etc.) available in alternative formats?

Yes

No

HQS6:  You or your staff routinely plan, monitor and evaluate your programs using indicators of best practice for inclusion.

     Indicator 1:  Do your program evaluation procedures address inclusive practices?

Yes

No

      Indicator 2:  Do you or your staff solicit feedback from families/participants to shape and strengthen your inclusion efforts?

Yes

No

     Indicator 3:Do you or your staff complete formal self-evaluations or surveys of your program’s progress toward including ALL participants?

Yes

No

     Indicator 4:Do you hold interim and annual meetings to review inclusive practices at your agency?

Yes

No

HQS7:Your staff reviews the progress of individuals with disabilities enrolled in your programs.

     Indicator 1:  Does the individual’s inclusion plan include a process for monitoring progress toward meeting goals?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:Do staff meet regularly to discuss the progress of clients and the extent to which they are participating effectively in the program?

Yes

No

HQS8:  Your programs/agency actively recruits individuals with disabilities and their families for involvement in your programs?

     Indicator 1:  Do individuals with disabilities or their families participate in an advisory capacity to your agency?

Yes

No

     Indicator 2:  Do individuals with disabilities assist staff in developing policies and programs?

Yes

No

     Indicator 3: Do individuals with disabilities recruit other individuals for the program?

Yes

No

 * Standards and Indicators are adapted from Special Needs Inclusion Project (SNIP), San Francisco, CA.  Available at http://www.snipsf.org/docs/InclusionToolKitV3.pdf.

  

For information or consultations on creating a more inclusive agency, contact:

Drs. John Shank (jshank@temple.edu) or Kathy Coyle (ccoyle@temple.edu)

Therapeutic Recreation Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Temple University

215.204.2703