How does the program work?
Leisure coaches, typically seasonal staff (Special Education majors, teachers, or instructional assistants) 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. The leisure coach also provides training for instructors or camp leaders to ensure sensitivity awareness for customers without disabilities.
What is the goal of the leisure coaching program?
The goal is to provide customers with disabilities a successful recreation experience in the least restrictive environment while working towards independent leisure participation
Upon request, the ADA/Inclusion Coordinator will review a number of factors for a customer with a disability 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 the availability of leisure coaches. In addition, 10 days advance notice is preferred. Customers with disabilities participating in the self-contained programs (disability only) are not eligible to receive the leisure coaching 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 a maximum 3 out of 5 days for one week camp sessions. Under the ADA, parents have the right to provide their own support (aide, therapist, or parent) upon departure of the leisure coach.
Please 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.