Important: Leisure coaching IS A LIMITED RESOURCE. Transitional support into FCPA camps/classes is based on availability and need. The maximum level of support generally targets 3 days of camp during a given week. Based on the progress of the customer, the Leisure Coach (LC) may support additional days. Support should not be construed to automatically serve as 1:1 assistance. The LC may be needed to support multiple customers at a given site/camp/class. Classes generally are generally flexible operating on the basis that the customer’s is making progress in the inclusive environment. If additional support is needed in a camp/ class to help meet the code of conduct, parents, under the ADA, may provide their own support (self, therapist, aide, babysitter, etc.), both in lieu of an LC or in addition to the LC.
***Effective Mid-August through Labor Day*** Access to a Leisure Coach is difficult at best regarding camp support. LC’s (teachers, instructional assistants, and college students) generally return to school beginning mid-August. ADA accommodations and an accommodation plan will be are provided for the camp staff/customer when the services of a LC are unavailable. Always check first before registering!!!
Fairfax County Park AuthorityInclusion Fact Sheet/Frequently Asked Questions
****All requests for ADA accommodations should be made at least 10 business days in advance of your start date***
To effectively accommodate your son/daughter, FCPA staff can provide the following accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
*** Mid-August through Labor Day*** Camp access to Leisure Coaches is extremely limited. Leisure Coaches (teachers, instructional assistants, and college students) generally return to school during that time frame. ADA accommodations and an accommodation plan are provided for the camp staff/customer***
With or without accommodations, customers must comply with the camp code of conduct and engage in scheduled activities for the majority of the program time. Participation is encouraged and aided, but not forced.
What is the staff to customer ratio?
Appeals Process: An appeals process is available in the event the parent disagrees with the staff assessment for withdrawing support and a consensus cannot be reached. Note: Therapeutic Recreation Services staff members from the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services are utilized to complete an independent assessment.
How are children grouped during activities?
Request formal accommodations after registering for the camp by one of the following methods:
FCPA Code of Conduct:
All customers enrolled in Fairfax County Park Authority programs agree to meet and sign the rules of conduct document. ADA accommodations provide customers with disabilities additional supports to help meet the rules of conduct. The ADA Coordinator 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 before terminating participation.
Must be able to maintain personal care without support of FCPA staff or FCPA volunteers (parents can provide personal care assistance if needed)
Stay with his/her assigned group
Respect others (listening & following directions; using appropriate language; keeping hands and feet to self)
Maintain self-control (manage emotions)
Meet the prerequisites for the program (age and other if required for participation)
With or without accommodations, customers must engage in scheduled activities for the majority of the program time. Note: Participation is encouraged and aided, but not forced.
Additional questions/concerns about inclusion or other FCPA programs?
For more information contact Monica Klock or call 703-324-8727, TTY 711 Virginia Relay
Fairfax County Park Authority Inclusion Fact Sheet/Frequently Asked Questions
Request for accommodations from parent/guardian
Customer Profile Form sent to customer (must be updated annually)
Parent/Guardian contacted by inclusion site staff prior to start date (generally weekend before) to review needs, expected outcomes, and general accommodations requested for participation
Site staff outline Accommodation Plan detailing specific needs and strategies (information gleaned from parent feedback and Customer Profile Form) within first 2-3 days of participation.
Accommodation plan verified by parent and shared with all site staff
Inclusion Specialist/Site Director monitors implementation of accommodation plan and/or tweak as needed. Site staff/Parent collaborate as to customer’s progress/evaluation of services
Site staff/Parent collaborate as to customer’s progress/evaluation of services
Weekly progress notes completed by inclusion staff and sent home each Friday of camp
Site director maintains file and supporting documentation of customer’s experience
Leisure Coaches (typically Special Education teachers) will train the site staff and implement the requested accommodations via a written Accommodation Plan with the site staff prior to the start date
Note: See Leisure Coaching document for parameters of service
The Inclusion Specialist will monitor the effectiveness of the plan and is available for consultation with the site staff or parent throughout the week(s) of participation
In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), Fairfax County Government (Park Authority) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the County’s services, programs, or activities.
Employment: The Park Authority does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
Effective Communication: The Park Authority will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in our programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision disabilities.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The Park Authority will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all County programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in our facilities, even where pets are generally prohibited. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a Park Authority program, service, or activity, should contact the ADA representative as soon as possible but no later than 10 days before the scheduled event. All attempts to accommodate will be made, but not guaranteed, if the request is received less than 10 days out.
For the Fairfax County Park Authority
Please contact: Monica Klock, Adapted Program Specialist
703-324-8563 / 711 TTY / 703-324-3976 / Monica.Klock@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone / 711 TTY / Fax / Email
The ADA does not require the Park Authority to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. Complaints that a Park Authority program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Monica Klock, Park Authority Adapted Program Specialist, Park Services Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 425, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.
The Park Authority will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.