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ADA InfoFairfax County is committed to giving all citizens equal access to recreation and leisure opportunities.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to providing accommodations (access) to all programs, services, and activities in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More >>

In keeping with that policy, reasonable accommodations are provided to individuals with disabilities in all Park Authority programs, services, and facilities. ADA accommodations include sign interpreters, alternative information formats, program modifications and inclusion support. Although individuals with disabilities are not required to request accommodations for participatory purposes, this service is provided for those individuals who choose to request accommodations under ADA for FCPS programs. This process is designed to help ensure a successful experience. Every effort will made to provide any reasonable accommodation required for participation. Contact the ADA Specialist at 703-324-8563 or 703-803-3354 (TTY) for additional information.

If participation accommodations and/or alternative information formats are needed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call 703-324-8563 at least 10 working days in advance of the registration deadline or event (whichever is earlier). Individuals using teletype equipment (TTY), call 703-803-3354. The Park Authority will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations; however, failure to request an accommodation with the specified time frame may limit our ability to complete this request.

PRIOR to requesting accommodations or registering for a program, class, or camp, the FCPA suggests participants with disabilities read: Important Information for Customers with Disabilities

Leisure Coaching

EMPOWERING CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE.

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in collaboration with Neighborhood and Community Services, Therapeutic Recreation Services, offers a limited opportunity for customers with disabilities to participate in camps, classes and tours with the support of trained staff.

How does the program work?
Leisure coaches, typically seasonal staff working in summer camps or seasonal programs targeting persons with disabilities, implement the customer’s accommodation plan (a detailed plan of needs and strategies). This plan may typically include behavioral and transitional support, activity modifications and/or adaptations. If needed, the leisure coach can also provide training for instructors or leaders and ensure sensitivity awareness for customers without disabilities.

What is the goal of the leisure coaching program?
The goal is to provide customers with disabilities the opportunity to work towards independent leisure participation. Essentially, the leisure coach provides support until the point at which the customer’s ability to participate independently reaches the level of other individuals in the class or camp. In addition, the leisure coach helps to facilitate a successful recreation experience for the customer in the least restrictive setting.

Who is eligible?
Upon request, the ADA/Inclusion Coordinator will review a number of factors before determining whether or not the placement of a leisure coach is needed to help facilitate a successful experience. These factors include feedback from the parent, classroom teacher or group home staff, and availability of leisure coaches. In addition, 10 days advance notice is required. Customers with disabilities participating in the Summer Rec-PAC program or contained programs through Therapeutic Recreation Services are not eligible to receive this service.

How long can I expect to receive the support of a leisure coach?
Classes: A leisure coach can provide support for one class session per seasonal Partakes brochure (targeting 6 out of 8 classes in a typical class session). Camps: A leisure coach can provide support for 3 out of 5 days for one week camp sessions and 6 out of 10 days for 2 week camp sessions per summer. If a leisure coach is requested for another camp session, transitional support can be provided for a limited time only.

Note: Flexibility is maintained in the duration of the assigned leisure coach, however, the customer with a disability must demonstrate a reasonable chance to achieve independent participation within a given session.

Tours/Trips: A leisure coach can provide support, based on assessed needs, for any of the tours and trips offered in the Parktakes magazine.

Staff and Services

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that reasonable accommodations are available upon request in all programs and services. The FCPA, operating in the spirit of the ADA, embraces the philosophy of inclusion and supports the accommodation process with inclusion staff (in most scenarios referred to as leisure coaches). Inclusion staff support accommodations by empowering staff and instructors to ensure full participation. Please note that inclusion staff are a limited resource in these programs (camps, classes and tours) with the exception of the targeted summer rec-PAC camp inclusion sites. Inclusion staff providing accommodation support in this program are located at specific camp locations for the duration of the six week program. Inclusion support in the form of leisure coaching is not accessible at other rec-PAC camp locations

To facilitate your inclusion, the ADA Specialist will provide the following:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters. All requests are confirmed prior to the start of the program along with the name of the assigned interpreter. Contact the ADA Specialist to determine which programs or activities offer interpreting services.
  • Alternative formats/auxiliary aids such as assistive listening devices, television captioning and decoders, TTY's, close captioned viewing, large print documents, audiocassettes, and Braille materials.
  • An accommodation plan outlining how the Park Authority can meet accommodation requests of the participant.
  • Training for the instructors or program staff regarding facilitation styles, communication methods, behavior redirection, or modification/adaptation of activities.
  • Sensitivity training for other class or program consumers.
  • Physical accessibility for all programs, services, and activities.

How to Apply

The Park Authority publishes quarterly schedule of programs, classes, tours, and camps in the Parktakes Magazine. The magazine can be obtained at all Fairfax County Libraries, Park Authority Headquarters, parks, and RECenter locations; or you may call 703-222-4664, TTY at 707-803-3354 for a free subscription. Or visit Parktakes Online.

The ADA Specialist is available to assist and advise individuals concerning program placement and to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary for participation.

  1. The Park Authority requires 10 business days in advance of the registration deadline or event, whichever comes first. Overnight Tours require 45 days advance notice. If the request is less than the 10 days (or 45 days for overnight tours) prior to the start date, the FCPA will attempt to provide services; however, we cannot guarantee your request for services will be fulfilled.
  2. Complete the registration form in the back of the Parktakes Magazine or register online with Parktakes Online.
  3. Request or check the ADA accommodations box if you need an accommodation.
  4. Return the registration as instructed
  5. The ADA Specialist will contact you regarding your accommodation requirements.

Information: For more information, contact the ADA Specialist at 703-324-8563, TTY at 703-803-3354.

Traditional Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Traditional programs typically offer a structured environment and a lower staff ratio (1:1 or 1:4 depending on the program). Select programs offer opportunities for inclusion (participants without disabilities may participate in the contained setting). Individuals generally have not yet developed the skills necessary for participation in an inclusion setting.

Adapted Aquatics

Adapted AquaticsThe Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity program for customers with physical and developmental disabilities. This success-oriented program targets individuals who do not currently meet the prerequisites for participating in an inclusive environment. The program is designed to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with one-on-one support from trained volunteers and family support in the water.

Preschool (6 mo – 5 yrs)
Elementary (Grades 6 – 12)
Teens 13+
Adults 18+

Visit Parktakes Online to find Adapted Aquatics Classes.

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Parent Information:

Adapted Aquatics Schedule
Adapted Aquatics Schedule - Summer

Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased you are considering our Adapted Aquatics Program. Our classes are geared for swimmers that need 1 on 1 support because of any one or combination of the following:  physical assistance, behavioral, sensory, cognitive, expressive or receptive language needs. Red Cross instructors and trained volunteers lead participants through a range of water experience that encourage independence in the water, socializing and specific swimming or exercise skills and routines. We do provide a great deal of assistance in the water with trained volunteers, however we do need families to commit to the following:

  1. MOST Importantly, we have very dedicated volunteers but they are not always able to be at the pool every Saturday or Sunday. We need families to commit to having one caregiver ready every weekend to help assist with the lesson when we have an insufficient number of volunteers. Please bring a swimsuit to assist when required.
  2. It is important you arrive and report to your instructor on time and ready to swim. Students are matched with volunteers in the first 5-10 minutes of a class. After 15 minutes of the class has elapsed, we cannot assure that a volunteer will be available for your swimmer. We would love to include them in our class with a family member to support them during the remainder of the class.
  3. Caregivers, please stay on the observational level within eye contact of the class in case your help is needed.


First Day of Class:

On the first day of class, please check in at the front desk of your desired RECenter. Then head through the locker rooms. There is generally only one family locker room, so be prepared to wait. Report on deck and find the gathering location for Adapted Aquatics. Be prepare to fill out a Student Information Sheet on your swimmer during the first class. Also you should receive a county schedule. Please make sure you keep that centrally located so you can reference it throughout the swim session.

Adapted Gymnastics

Adapted Gymnastics Introduce your child into the wonderful world of gymnastics in a structured environment! This foundational program targets children who need support developing group skills for inclusive classes.

Activities are selected that provide opportunities for the individual to:

  • Enhance physical fitness levels
  • Develop basic teamwork skills
  • Develop or enhance basic gymnastic skills
  • Develop basic skills required for participation in an inclusive recreation setting
  • Have fun in a recreation environment

Programs are for ages 2 – 14 years with a staff to participant ratio of 1 to 3.

Visit Parktakes Online to find Adapted Gymnastics Classes.

Summer Rec-PAC Inclusion Camps

Join the Pac!Selected Rec-PAC sites are designed to provide kids with disabilities the opportunity to engage in a variety of recreation activities with peers without disabilities in large group situations. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, in the form of a written plan, are provided at all Rec-PAC locations; however the targeted inclusion sites are the only locations that provide additional support staff and lower ratios. Inclusion staff at the targeted sites, including the site director, serve to provide support to the various groupings (grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6) based on need. All other Rec-Pac site ratios are 1 staff person per 18 children.

Read More at Summer Rec-PAC Inclusion Camps.

Additional Program Opportunities

Contact the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Therapeutic Recreation Services, at 703-324-5532 or (TTY) 703-222-9693 for information on additional programs and services for individuals with disabilities.

Facility Accessibility

From the fitness room at Audrey Moore RECenter to the off-shore fishing stations at Burke Lake, from 200-year-old Sully to the wetlands boardwalk at Huntley Meadows, the Park Authority offers parks and facilities that are accessible to all of Fairfax County's citizens.

Contact

The FCPA values all individuals regardless of ability, and the agency's ADA Coordinator serves to help guide potential customers in locating the least restrictive and most appropriate environment possible. In addition to all programs and services, park and facility accessibility guidance and information are also provided.

For specific accessibility information please contact:
Gary Logue, ADA Coordinator
Phone: 703-324-8563,
TTY: 703-803-3354.
E-mail: gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov

TTY

TTYThe Park Authority's eight RECenters and the general information desk at the agency's headquarters have Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TTY's) to better provide information to citizens with hearing disabilities. The sites and telephone numbers are:

FCPA Headquarters: 703-803-3354

Site

Telephone

TTY

Audrey Moore RECenter 703-321-7081 703-321-8124
Cub Run RECenter 703-817-9407 703-817-0419
Lee District RECenter 703-922-9841 703-922-3711
Mt. Vernon RECenter 703-768-3224 703-165-7410
Oak Marr RECenter 703-281-6501 703-281-7330
Providence RECenter 703-698-1351 703-641-8672
South Run RECenter 703-866-0566 703-866-9563
Spring Hill RECenter 703-827-0989 703-847-4649
Lake Accotink Park 703-569-0285 VA Relay 711
All other sites 703-222-4664 VA Relay 711

Important Information for Individuals With Disabilities (F.A.Q.)

  What are the requirements for participating in FCPA programs, classes and activities?

General Eligibility:

  • Fairfax County resident
  • Out-of-County residents are eligible for all programs at an additional cost with the exception of the Summer Rec-PAC program.
  • Customers are expected to abide by the appropriate Code of Conduct while enrolled in FCPA programs. Read More >>
  What type of support can I receive through the Park Authority under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

By requesting accommodations during the registration process or initiating contact with the ADA Specialist, at 703-324-8563, customers are eligible to request the following:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters. All requests are confirmed prior to the start of the program along with the name of the assigned interpreter. Contact the ADA Specialist to determine which programs or activities offer interpreting services.
  • Alternative formats/auxiliary aids such as assistive listening devices, television captioning and decoders, TTY's, close captioned viewing, large print documents, audio cassettes, and Brailled materials.
  • An accommodation plan outlining how the Park Authority can meet accommodation requests of the customer (camps and classes).
  • Training for the instructors or program staff regarding facilitation styles, communication methods, behavior redirection, or modification/adaptation of activities.
  • Sensitivity training for other class or program consumers.
  • Physical accessibility for all programs, services, and activities. Contact the ADA specialis regarding specific facility accessibility.
  How do I request ADA auxiliary aids and services or whom do I contact?

Notify the ADA Specialist at 703-324-8563, TTY at 703-803-3354. The ADA Specialist is responsible for the following:

  • Serving as the liaison between parents/guardians, the customer and staff/instructors/volunteers.
  • Implementing a variety of strategies to problem solve issues and/or provide auxiliary aids or program modifications. Strategies may include on site visits, revised behavior management strategies, and requests for assistance from other professionals.
  • Recommending alternative programs if applicable.
  How many days are required in advance for requesting auxiliary aids or program modifications?
  • 10 working (business) days with the exception of overnight Tours (45 days)
  • If the request is less than the 10 days (or 45 days for overnight tours) prior to the start date, the FCPA will attempt to provide the services; however, we cannot guarantee your request for services will be fulfilled.
  What is involved in an accommodation plan?

Upon receiving the request for accommodations, (typically classes and camps), the ADA Specialist will develop a plan that is based on some or all of the following information:

  • Identify primary needs/issues and strategies for problem solving.
  • Seek feedback from the following sources:
    • Teacher/group home counselor (with verbal consent only)
    • Parent or consumer
    • Other identified sources per request

  • Upon completion, the plan must be agreed to by the parent/consumer prior to the start date.
  • The plan is reviewed with site staff prior to the start of the program and monitored throughout the class or program. Changes in the plan must be agreed to by all parties involved with the plan.
  What are the parameters for receiving physical support in Park Authority camps and classes?
  • Based on the Accommodation Plan, the ADA Specialist will determine if physical support, in the form of a Leisure Coach, is needed for classes and camps only. One to one support is not provided.
  • Based on the Accommodation Plan and availability of staff, the ADA Specialist may be able to provide partial physical support for classes and camps. Individuals with disabilities pursuing this option should be able to achieve independent participation before the camp ends. In other words, individuals must eventually be able to meet expectations as outlined in the Code of Conduct (see question #9) with regular staff ratios. The maximum time you can expect to receive physical support is:
    • six (6) days for a two week camp, per session
    • three (3) days for a one week camp, per sesion
    • six (6) of eight (8) week classes

  • PLEASE NOTE: Alternative arrangements can be provided by the parent, group home or guardian for a friend of the family, sibling, parent or guardian to provide one to one support in the event the ADA Specialist determines one to one support is not needed or is no longer needed for participation purposes. The ADA Specialist must be notified of this arrangement 10 days in advance in order to ensure adequate space is available and volunteer paperwork is completed for liability purposes. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age for land based programs, and at least 16 years of age for water based programs. In addition, the ADA Specialist is available to provide training upon request.
  • Group home counselors may provide one to one support, however, the FCPA must be notified of this arrangement in order to ensure adequate space is available and volunteer paperwork is completed for liability purposes.
  If the customer is mainstreamed in an inclusion setting at school or a supported work environment, can it be assumed that the customer is appropriate for inclusion in a recreation setting?
  • The FCPA recognizes each customer is different and has individual needs. However, it is critical that consumers recognize school and work environments are typically much more structured and often provide daily one to one support or maintain smaller class ratios. Therefore, it is critically important that the customer be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the basic expectations/code of conduct (see question #10) of the FCPA class or program in order to increase the chances for a successful experience. Again, physical support is limited so there must be a reasonable chance to achieve independent participation.
  • The FCPA recommends the following when considering inclusion:
    • Seek feedback from the teacher, group home/case manager
    • Seek feedback from the ADA Specialist regarding the environment and dynamics of the class or program
    • Physically attend the program prior to registration (when possible) to review the environment and structure, or talk to the staff/instructor
    • Never assume anything...ask or check first
  What alternatives are available if reasonable accommodations do not meet my needs?
  What do I do in the case of inclement weather?

Code of Conduct in Park Authority Programs

  • All participants must meet the program, camp or class code of conduct: Generally speaking, and unless otherwise stated, consumers must be able to demonstrate the following with minimal redirection:
    • Must be able to maintain personal care without support of FCPS staff or volunteers
    • Stay with his/her assigned group
    • Respect others (listening and following directions, using appropriate language, keeping hands and feet to self)
    • Maintain self control (anger management)
    • Meet the prerequisite skills for the class or program (if required for participation)

  • The ADA Specialist reserves the right, on behalf of the agency, to terminate participation in the program if the customer cannot follow the rules of conduct. Every effort will be made to provide appropriate accommodations.


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