Inclusive Recreation

Inclusion Services

Reasonable accommodations are also offered to individuals who have disabilities or need additional support to encourage and enable them to fully participate in our general recreation programs alongside their peers. Reasonable accommodations are based on each individual’s abilities and needs.   

Possible Accommodations include:  

  • Inclusion support staff  
  • Use of companions
  •  ASL interpreters  
  • Communication visuals  
  • Additional training provided for program staff  
  • Activity modifications that do not change the nature of the program or activity   
  • Individualized strategies for success     

What is Inclusion?

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 AR Team. Reasonable Accommodations are based on each individual’s abilities and needs.

What are examples of Accommodations?

Accommodations that may be available to promote successful participation in programs include:

  • Inclusion support staff 
  • Use of companions 
  •  ASL interpreters  
  • Communication visuals  
  • Additional training provided for program staff  
  • Adaptive equipment or supplies
  • Activity modifications that do not change the nature of the program or activity   
  • Individualized strategies for success

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, 

  1. Register for the program, camp, or event. 
  2. Check "yes" that you are requesting an ADA accommodation.   
  3. AR staff will contact the parent/guardian to complete an Accommodation Request & Health Skills Form and return the completed form to the AR Team at 355 Montevue Lane, Suite 100, Frederick, MD 21702 or via email.   
  4. Once the Program Accommodation Form is received, AR staff will reach out to the parent/guardian to set up a time to review the request and develop individualized strategies for success.

*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:

  • Meeting the program’s age and registration requirements;
  • Following the rules of conduct along with FCPR's Code of Conduct (with or without reasonable accommodations); 
  • Voluntary participation (Note: Recreation programs and activities are voluntary in nature. Participation will be encouraged and aided, but not forced.); 
  • Meeting necessary level of participation with or without reasonable accommodations (participant will engage in scheduled activities for the majority of the program time);
  • Ability to use a consistent form of communication to indicate basic needs and follow simple directions; and 
  • Ability to function, with assistance, as a member of a group of 12 or more people.

What services are not part of inclusion?

Inclusion services do not include the following:

  • Being in a separate area or participating in alternate activities for the majority of the program.
  • Exception (with or without accommodations) to minimum compliance with program rules and regulations established for safety purposes. 
  • Hiring, selection, or guaranteed assignment of a specific staff member.
  • Individualized therapy within a program.
  • Provision and/or purchase of personal custom devices.

Is an inclusive recreation setting the right choice and/or experience?

Observe the program first-hand and ask yourself…

  • If school-aged, do your child’s current classroom activities or goals prepare them for an inclusive recreation experience? 
  • Has the individual shown an interest in the program activity or subject matter? 
  • Are they comfortable and able to function appropriately, with or without assistance, in inclusive environments (malls, restaurants, parks, etc.)?
  • Will an accommodation or inclusion support staff give the participant adequate support to fully participate in a general recreation program without disruption to others? 
  • Are Adaptive Recreation Programs a better choice?