Inclusion Service to Community Agencies
Our experiences shape us! A leisure companion watches participants with and without disabilities playing tee-ball together work together.
- 'in-service inclusion training for agency staff;
- hiring, training, and scheduling of leisure companions;
- coordinating the sharing of adaptive equipment needs among agencies; and,
- locating existing inclusion resources within the community'(Scholl, Dreiser et al., 2005, p. 13).
Full-time and part-time staff at each agency also received training specifically dealing with issues and concerns relevant to that particular agency's inclusion practices and program implementation. The CTRS also facilitated the collaboration of various agencies to form partnerships that would create the greatest impact on the entire community, which resulted in 'extensive in-kind support and commitment through the provision of space and supplies' (Scholl, Drieser et al., 2005, p.13). Through these partnerships, the value of inclusion is strengthened as everyone involved is working towards a common goal.