RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
MERGE offers a variety of trainings to meet your inclusion needs.
We work with your organization to create a customized on-site or on-line learning experience that will provide your team with the tools and confidence to successfully include persons with diverse abilities into your offerings.
Your customized training may include any of the following topic areas to meet your organizational needs….. OR…….MERGE will work with you to address areas of need not explored fully in the content below. Whether on-site or on-line, MERGE trainings are offered in a highly interactive format, allowing for maximum engagement, retention and sustainability.
What is Inclusion (and What it Isn’t)
Reviewing the 6 Principles of Inclusion with interactive exercises on the meaning of inclusion.
Understanding the Models of Participation
Exclusion, Adaptive, Specialized, Integration, Unified or Authentic Inclusion – explore the characteristics and benefits of each model.
Review “Disability 101”. Follow up with addressing common misunderstandings, fears and concerns with suggested interactions and guidelines, along with an explanation of person first language.
Exploring Inclusion Strategies
These proven strategies are great for persons with diverse abilities but also good for ALL of your members to increase the chances of meaningful participation and success.
Best Practices to Create a Culture of Inclusion
Top tips on working with families, communication, and getting “team buy-in” to build a culture where ALL belong.
Solving Inclusion Scenarios
Pull it all together and work to solve typical inclusion scenarios using the learned strategies and best practices.
A Leadership Road Map to Inclusion
Bring your organization from good to great along your inclusion journey. How to engage organizational commitment to further your commitment to inclusion.
A Pathway Toward Friendship
Learn how your programming may be the perfect setting for persons with and without disabilities to form meaningful and reciprocal friendships.
Inclusive Strategies for Supervisors or Peers
If your business has committed to hiring a diverse workforce, this session will give your team the tools and confidence to welcome, engage and support employees (and/or volunteers) with disabilities to be valued, contributing members of your work team.
Challenging Behaviors Through a New Lens
Being disability inclusive takes intentional work to ensure that ALL are successful. From working with families, tips for an effective intake process, and strategies on dealing with challenging situations, gain the tools and confidence to reduce (or even better ELIMINATE) suspension practices.
Words Matter – The Power Of Inclusive Language
Start with the term “Inclusion”, using person first language and reviewing empowering descriptive words. Wrap it up with a discussion on the word “Special” and its impact on how people with disabilities are seen and supported to be valued members of our community.
Engaging Pre-teens in Recreation & Camp Settings
Review inclusion strategies specific for middle school aged participants of recreation and camp programs. Touch upon characteristics of a successful activity, positive supporting techniques and group management tips to enhance choice, engagement and meaningful participation for ALL.