BUILDING PROGRAMS - INCLUSION 101 TRAININGS

All trainings are customized to meet your organizational needs. Content for your training can use a combination of objectives from different trainings or MERGE will work with you to address areas of need not explored in current training offerings.

Building Programs - Inclusion 101

Introduction to Inclusion and Disability Etiquette.


Intended For:

  • Membership, administration staff or anyone needing a basic introduction.
Participants Will:
  • Understand the basic philosophies of inclusion of persons with diverse abilities, the benefits of inclusion and why every staff member has responsibilities in the inclusion initiative.
  • Review top ten tips for interacting with people with disabilities.
  • Gain an understanding of people first language.
  • Discussion on what is your role, information sharing and confidentiality.




Creating and Enhancing an Inclusive YMCA – a step by step guide with responsibilities from all staff levels.


Intended For:

  • Senior level, program directors and front-line workers.
Participants Will:
  • Be provided with an introduction to inclusion of persons with diverse abilities
  • Review the 4-step formula for creating an inclusive Y and understand the role of all levels within your organization.
  • Be part of a small group project where you will “test run” the steps with an assigned inclusion scenario.
  • Understand the barriers and how to address them and explore the benefits to your organization.




Creating and Enhancing an Inclusive Boys & Girls Club – a step by step guide with responsibilities from all staff levels.


Intended For:

  • Senior level, program directors and front-line workers.
Participants Will:
  • Be provided with an introduction to inclusion of persons with diverse abilities.
  • Review the 4-step formula for creating an inclusive Boys & Girls Club and understand the role of all levels within your organization.
  • Be part of a small group project where you will “test run” the steps with an assigned inclusion scenario.
  • Understand the barriers and how to address them and explore the benefits to your club.




Positive Supporting Techniques - strategies and skills that promote individual growth and self-discovery for persons with diverse abilities.


Intended For:

  • Program instructors, coaches, aides or those providing 1:1 instruction.
Participants Will:
  • Learn how to create a culture of empowerment for the individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities participating in your programs.
  • Leave with a better understanding of the effectiveness of positive supporting techniques and language that promote individual growth and self-discovery.
  • Have a chance to practice scenarios in a role modeling setting.
  • Understand the philosophy of “it’s the process not the end product”.





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