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Accessible Recreation

We strive to create an all-inclusive environment where people of all abilities can participate in programs and services.

We try to accommodate individuals with various special needs, including intellectual or physical disabilities, behavioural challenges, vision and hearing impairments or medical conditions that prevent participation in a program or service without additional support.

Assessing a participant's need for support

Even though we have incorporated accessibility and inclusion into our programs and services, some individuals may need additional accommodations to participate. When assessing whether additional support is needed, please consider the following:

  • Is extra support required at school?
  • Is extra help needed at home for basic care?
  • Is there an existing physical, medical, behavioural or developmental disability that could affect the safety and enjoyment of the participant or other participants?
  • Does the participant belong to a support agency?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please review the support options below.

Families who fail to disclose a participant's needs before registration may be required to withdraw from the program. Clarington's refund policy will apply.

How to register for Inclusion Services

You must be a Clarington resident to qualify for support from Inclusion Services. If your child will need additional staff support while attending a Clarington recreation program or camp, please contact Inclusion Services before registering to help ensure your child has a positive and supported experience. Reach out to communitydevelopment@clarington.net or 905-435-1061 ext. 2563 as early as possible to allow adequate time to assess and arrange for program support.

Requests for support at summer camp are filling up, and support will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Outside support workers are welcome to join your camper and provide that support. Please connect with us at 905-435-1061 ext. 2563 or communitydevelopment@clarington.net.

Once registered, an Inclusion Services staff member will contact you to arrange an intake appointment to gather more information, such as our “All About Me” package. Intake appointments will take place over the phone or virtually where possible.

Support persons and personal support workers

Support persons and external personal support workers are welcome to attend our recreation programs and drop-in activities at no additional cost while supporting another individual. Support can be provided by a family member, friend, trained support worker or social worker. Support persons must be at least 16 years of age.

We may request personal information from the support person for emergency purposes. For child, youth, and camp programs, families providing their own support worker must complete the Outside Worker Release Form before starting the program or camp.

All support workers must comply with Clarington's rules and regulations. Support workers may participate with the participant so that inclusion is fulfilled.

Notice of service disruption

From time to time, services and facilities may be unavailable due to preventative maintenance or equipment failure. We will provide as much notice as possible to the public when facilities or services are unavailable.

Additional recreation programs

Please visit the Grandview Kids website for more recreation programs for children and youth with special needs.


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