The National Inclusion Project has partnered with United Disability Services (UDS) to create a new inclusive program this fall at Stow-Munroe Falls High School where students with and without disabilities will be able to participate together in non-competitive sports and other activities. The students participating in Club Teamwork will play an active role in planning activities including games, arts and crafts, community volunteer projects, fitness and cooking.
UDS will kick off the start of the program in the library at Stow-Munroe Falls High School on Sept. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation by Aron Hall, director of programs for the National Inclusion Project. Hall will be speaking on the importance of inclusion and fostering understanding, creating a sense of belonging, and building friendships. The Club will begin meeting in late September and continue throughout the school year.
Co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken in 2003, the National Inclusion Project works to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. UDS received a $10,000 grant to support the program and was one of only 12 new organizations that the National Inclusion Project has chosen to partner with this year. The National Inclusion Project partners with community organizations to create an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities can play, learn and laugh together. As part of the partnership, the National Inclusion Project provides the Let's ALL Play program model, training, expertise, annual Power of Play Conference and a wide network of inclusion experts ready to problem solve and share best practices on ensuring that no child sits on the sidelines.
"The Let's ALL Play model of inclusion will be a great complement to the agency's All-Star Training Club integrated competitive sports program. With the support of the National Inclusion Project we are excited to be able to expand inclusionary activities into the local school system enabling us to touch the lives of more children," said Laurie Freedman, UDS Director of Respite & Community Living Services. "We are honored to have been selected to participate in this extraordinary nationwide initiative."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, contact Danielle Marino, UDS recreational coordinator, by calling 330-762-9755.