Parks and Recreation invites individuals of all abilities to participate in our recreation and leisure programs. The municipality is committed to providing safe and accessible programs for everyone to enjoy. We recognize that some of our citizens will require assistance to participate via adapted equipment, program modification, and/or through the provision of one-to-one Inclusion support.
Throughout the year, if you or a family member requires assistance to participate, please call your local recreation centre directly to schedule a meeting to discuss available supports. To arrange One-to-One Supports in the Summer months, please see registration process below.
If you would like more information on possible community opportunities, check out The Playbook. This resource guide developed by Recreation provides helpful information about sport and recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Playbook is also a resource for service providers in helping offer a variety of options for all Nova Scotians.
You can also read about other opportunities available through the municipality's Affordable Access Program.
How do I know if an individual will require extra support?
When assessing whether a One-to-One Inclusion Support Person is required, please consider the following:
• Is extra support required at school and/or in the community?
• Is extra help required at home for basic care?
• Is there an existing physical, medical, behavioral and/or developmental disability that could affect the safety and enjoyment of the participant and/or other participants?
INCLUSION REQUEST PROCEDURES - SUMMER 2021
PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS WILL TAKE PLACE STARTING ON MONDAY, JUNE 21ST AT 10AM.
The municipality is committed to providing safe & accessible programs for everyone to enjoy.
If your child requires one-to-one inclusion support, please register your child under course code 00040191 for all sites across HRM; however all registrations go through the Inclusion Office, which is located at the Captain William Spry Centre. This barcode is only meant to be used when requesting one-on-one support to participate in summer camps. . All children requiring support must be registered under this barcode by the end of the day Tuesday, June 22nd, any requests received after this date will be added to a waitlist
During the registration process you will be asked to identify your preferred weeks for both the months of July and August along with your 1st & 2nd location choices. When supports are confirmed you will be notified by your local Community Recreation Coordinator to provide payment and complete an intake form with staff prior to camp starting. During the summer months, the requests are higher for one-to-one inclusion support, the municipality will make every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible base on available resources.
New Steps in the Inclusion Registration Processes
Step 1. Set up an account online at halifax.ca/myREC or by visiting any of the Community Recreation Centres.
Step 2. Review the camp offerings and consider the camp/program that is compatible with the interests & abilities of the participant.
Step 3. All children/youth who require one-to-one Inclusion Support to participate will register under one central barcode #00040191 administered through the Inclusion and Accessibility Specialist located out of the Captain William Spry Community Centre which is then distributed to the Community Recreation Coordinator at the individual facilities. Registration will start on June 21st at 10am along with the creation of waitlists.
Summer staffing resources are limited, however municipal staff will make every effort to try to accommodate as many requests as possible based on available resources and the amount of children/youth requesting one-to-one support.
Step 4. An Intake Meeting will be arranged to determine the supports necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your child. We encourage participants, parents, and caregivers to play a major role in helping to share information that will support the training needs of staff; allow for program modifications and/or the behavioural strategies required to be in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your child/youth. By not disclosing the needs of a participant prior to registration, we may be required to withdraw the participant from the program until appropriate supports become available. There are times, when the municipality may not have enough resources and/or the most appropriate resources available to meet a child/youth’s support needs.
Please Note: Municipal staff are not qualified to carry out procedures, such as catherization, tube feeding, suctioning, injections; and/or managing aggressive behaviours in these cases we require families to make the appropriate arrangements.
For more information on the Inclusion Process or any of our programs please contact your local Community Recreation Centre.
New Inclusive Programming Opportunity (cancelled for summer 2021)
We are pleased to offer a specialized inclusion program called “Ready for Rec” designed for children with higher support needs. The program will be held Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6-12 at two locations: Captain William Spry Community Centre in July and Sackville Sports Stadium in August. This unique program is designed to provide greater supports in the area of transitions, communication, and skill development in a group setting. During the registration process, you will be asked to prioritize your preferred weeks and location. Families will be contacted in early to discuss availability and support. Payment will be taken once support is confirmed.
My child will need medication and personal care during his time at camp. Do you provide this support?
Please see our Administration of Medication and Health Care Provisions Policy.
Can I register my child for a program that is advertised for a different age group?
For most programs, participants must meet the required age within one month following the start of the program.
If you require more information on Inclusion, please contact your local Community Recreation Centre or the Inclusion and Access Specialist at Inclusion@halifax.ca or 902-490-4410.