3. Staff Training
Many of the staff within our organization have had little previous experience working with people with disabilities. Therefore, the Inclusion Team takes the opportunity to educate the staff on how to program for individuals with disabilities. Staff development takes two forms; formal training and individualized training.
Formal educational sessions are generally offered during pre-season training (summer day camp). At this time of the year, the organization is orienting approximately 242 seasonal staff. Inclusion staff will facilitate in-services on the fundamentals of inclusion, positive behavioral support, provide adaptations, and non-violent crisis intervention.
Individualized training occurs when a child with a disability is enrolled into a general program. Inclusion staff provide the community center staff with information (verbal and written) about the disability and the implications for recreation.