NSSRA recognizes that some people with disabilities choose to participate in community recreation programs with people without disabilities. To meet this need, NSSRA provides training, support staff, and assistance to partner park districts and local recreation departments so all can enjoy inclusive recreation.
Inclusion Companions foster independence, promote social interaction, and provide behavior management for the child they support. Attending to the individual’s care, each companion supports the program’s goals and work with recreation staff to successfully include the participant. Companions provide modifications or adaptations to ensure inclusion. NSSRA staff are available to provide support to companions and participants throughout the program. Companions may work 1:1, 1:2, or 1:3+, based on the participant’s needs.