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Champions For Inclusion
Champions for Inclusion
The Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is Utah’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Services and has been a leader in the disability field for over 38 years. Their mission is to collaborate with partners to strengthen families and individuals across the lifespan through education, policy, research and services. The Center is interdisciplinary and operates programs as part of a national network focused on improving life for people with disabilities and their families.
The National Lekotek Center is a not-for-profit organization that uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life. Lekotek makes the world of play accessible to children with all types of disabilities through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional toys, adapted toys, books and computers.
The National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI) is a key event, provided through NRPA, for those seeking knowledge about the inclusion process. The conference provides hands on learning and offers valuable tools and techniques necessary to design, implement and evaluate recreation programs for customers with and without disabilities.
CEC is an international association of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence, standards, and advocacy. Learn more about CEC and its work, including information on standards, inclusion, UDL and differentiated instruction.
The National Center on Accessibility, based at Indiana University, is a leading authority on the inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Through the comprehensive services of research, technical assistance and education, NCA focuses on universal design and program access for achieving personal wellness and building healthy communities.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability. NCPAD provides information and resources on physical activity, fitness, adapted recreation, adapted sports, disability and chronic health conditions.
The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, including accessibility guidelines for the design and construction of play areas covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements.
Nilda Cosco | Education Specialist | The Natural Learning Initiative
Nilda Cosco, Ph.D., is an Education Specialist, at the Natural Learning Initiative, and Research Associate Professor, College of Design, NC State University. Her responsibilities include: design programming and research of outdoor environments for children with and without disabilities; training of designers, educators, and communities on outdoor environments for children and families. She is the Principal Investigator of the project, Preventing Obesity by Design in childcare and the Project Director of the built environment component for the Shape NC (a North Carolina early childhood health promotion and obesity prevention model).
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Providing inclusive play opportunities for people of all ages and abilities is critical for promoting play, healthy physical activity, and learning.  PlayCore's unique inclusive play programs not only create outdoor environments that implement best practice design principles, they take inclusive play to the next level by providing outdoor programming to ensure meaningful play for children of all abilities! Contact Information
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