Inclusion within Frederick County Parks and Recreation means that individuals who have disabilities or need additional support are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities alongside their peers without disabilities. Inclusive opportunities are supported through reasonable accommodations, or disability modifications, with support from our AIR Team. Reasonable Accommodations are based on each individual’s abilities and needs.
Accommodations that may be available to promote successful participation in programs include:
For a more detailed overview of each type of support, please read through our reasonable accommodations.
How do I request an Accommodation?
To request an accommodation,
*Please note, Accommodation Requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the program start date.
What are the minimum requirements for successful inclusion?
The same minimum requirements that apply to a person without a disability also apply to a person with a disability. These include:
What services are not part of inclusion?
Inclusion services do not include the following:
Is an inclusive recreation setting the right choice and/or expereince?
Observe the program first-hand and ask yourself…
What are Adaptive Recreation Programs for Individuals with Disabilities?
Frederick County Parks and Recreation offers alternative choices through specialized adaptive recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Participants have a wide range of abilities and special needs; some prefer and benefit from participating in highly structured specialized programs designed specifically for participants with disabilities. Programs utilize trained staff and higher staff/participant ratios in addition to adapted spaces, materials, and content to provide an opportunity for individuals to participate in various recreation activities.
Program spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must meet the program's essential eligibility criteria. For program inquiries, please call the AIR Team at 301-600-2197.
What are Program Levels and Essential Eligibility Criteria?
FCPR's Adaptive Recreation Programs utilize designated program levels and essential eligibility criteria to ensure the safety of all participants and staff who are part of the program and to allow participants to experience the program to the fullest extent. These levels outline the minimum physical and cognitive skills needed in order to participate.
| Level 1 ||No assistance needed to maneuver rugged terrain and extended distances. Can maintain their own personal hygiene and without assistance. Can follow multiple-step instructions. Able to convey feelings, desires, and emotions without assistance. Demonstrates age-appropriate social and emotional skills in managing personal boundaries, relationships, communication, stress, and conflict. Will stay with group without assistance. Can independently manage the sensory stimulation of a frequently large, loud, and energetic group environment. For outdoor-based programs only: Must be comfortable in a rustic, outdoor environment (e.g. exposure to extended periods of direct sun, varying weather conditions, insects/animals, grass/dirt/mud). Must be comfortable in open water using a PFD (personal flotation device).|
| Level 2|
No assistance needed with level surfaces. May use assistive device (manual wheelchair, canes, walker, crutches, etc.). Can maintain their own personal hygiene with verbal cues. Can follow single or two-step instructions. Able to convey feelings, desires and needs with picture cues or communication device. Demonstrates age-appropriate social and emotional skills in managing personal boundaries, relationships, communication, stress, and conflict with some assistance. Will stay with group with the help of verbal prompts. Can manage the sensory stimulation of a frequently large, loud, and energetic group environment with some assistance
| Level 3|
Difficulty with terrain. May use assistive and/or self-propelled device as listed in Level 2, plus powered wheelchair or scooter. Maintains personal hygiene with some assistance. Can follow instructions with assistance. Able to convey feelings, desires and needs with picture cues or communication device. Demonstrates age-appropriate social and emotional skills in managing personal boundaries, relationships, communication, stress, and conflict with assistance. Will stay with group with continuous supervision. Can manage the sensory stimulation of occasionally large, loud, and energetic group environment with assistance.
| Level 4|| Full assistance and/or self-propelled device as listed in Levels 2 and 3. Personal hygiene with full assistance. Limited comprehension. Able to convey feelings, desires and needs with full assistance. Wil stay with group with continuous supervision.|
For appropriate referrals related to eligibility requirements for programs, contact the AIR Team at 301-600-2197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.