We support the inclusion of all people in our programs. In order to ensure the success of the program, we request a two-week notice when people are requesting an accommodation be made for a program. This time allows us to discover what would be helpful and time to find the staff or equipment needed to set each person up for success! Please note, there are no additional fees required when a person receives an accommodation.
There are several ways to request an accommodation:
- If you are registering in person or over the phone, let the registration staff know that you need an accommodation. They will pass your information on to the correct person.
- If you are registering online, please contact a staff member from EXPAND – see our Staff and Contact Information page for contact information.
Below are some examples of accommodations we have supported in the past. Please note that all accommodations are individualized (as required by the American with Disabilities Act):
- Creating a picture schedule to be used during a program
- Creating an incentive program using star or sticker charts and prizes for positive behavior
- Having a behavior support plan
- Hiring a sign language interpreter for a program or meeting
- Providing additional training for the general recreation staff
- Having staff use a microphone to make the noise level louder for people with hearing impairments
- Putting Braille on our workout machines
- Providing a 1:1 staff to accompany a person in a class
Our philosophy is that all of our staff members should be able to work with every participant. Because of this, we encourage and train staff in a program or camp to work with all children or adults. If a 1:1 staff is required, it will be provided, but the person who is supporting your child may switch throughout the day(s). This helps staff stay fresh, helps more people have experience and learn that disabilities are just a part of life and not to be feared, and helps the participant as they learn to work with many different people. Throughout this, we will ensure that all staff are trained and are using the same tools to support our participants.
People of any ability are welcome to come to the recreation center to “drop in." This can mean attending a drop in class, using the weight room, using the pool or going to open gym.
When dropping in, people should be independent, as support is not provided. For example, if you want to swim, you would need to be able to navigate through the locker room, change and enter the pool independently.
If you need assistance to be independent, you are able to bring an “assistant” in to the recreation center with you. The assistant does not need to pay to enter, but they do need to check in with you at the front desk. You will still be required to pay the basic entrance fee.
If you know you will be consistently coming to a drop in class and you require an accommodation, please contact Lori Goldman, 303-413-7256 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss some options.
To see all of our current program offerings, please see the Parks and Recreation Guide.