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Call for Speakers--Inclusive Recreation Forum

We are now accepting proposals for speakers at the 2009 Recreation-Able, Inclusive Recreation Forum, which will be held September 30 to October 2 in Thunder Bay.

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 15, 2009.

We are looking for dynamic speakers who are knowledgeable about the need for and value of inclusive recreation and leisure that enables people with disabilities to have equal opportunity to lead active lifestyles with dignity and independence.

This forum will provide community partners in Ontario with the education and resources necessary to improve recreation and leisure opportunities  and benefits for people with disabilities in a variety of environments.  Attendees from municipal, private, and therapeutic recreation providers will benefit from learning about how the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA), translates into program, service and infrastructure development for recreation and leisure providers.

It will also provide a venue for discussion and development of inclusive recreation in Ontario, where people with disabilities are provided with  the opportunity and supports to be involved in recreation activities that they choose.   

Some topics that would fit into Recreation-Able:  Strategies for applying the AODA to recreation, Facility design and assessment for accessibility, Budgeting for accessibility, Accessing funding to make new or existing programs accessible and inclusive, Marketing inclusive recreation and leisure opportunities, Designing an accessible website, Volunteer management and people with disabilities, Accessibility awareness training for staff and volunteers, Modifying recreation program to include people of all abilities, Adaptive art programming, Completing the continuum from rehabilitation programs to community recreation activities., Building supports for people with disabilities into recreation programs, Participant-centered supports in recreation, Building community partnerships to make inclusion in recreation happen, Using adaptive technologies in recreation  

If you are interested in presenting at the 2009 Recreation-Able Inclusion Recreation Forum please contact Barbara DeZan at bdezan@thunderbay.ca or (807) 625-3220.