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What is Inclusion?

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The City of Santa Clarita's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services provides Inclusion Services to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to participate in the same recreation programs and/or activities as their non-disabled peers. Whenever possible, reasonable accommodations are made to enable successful participation in classes and programs. An accommodation is reasonable when it does not fundamentally change the nature of the program.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA, as applied to state and local parks and recreation departments, districts, and agencies, requires that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of a disability, be denied the benefits of public park or recreation services, programs or activities.

Inclusion is the process of providing supports, adaptations and training to ensure that individual needs and desires for participation are met in ways that are reasonable, safe, and do not fundamentally alter the nature of the recreation program or activity. 

To better understand and get a glimpse of what Inclusion is in the City of Santa Clarita, view the video below, provided by the City's Partner, the National Inclusion Project: