A society where recreation, sports and tourism are fully accessible to and inclusive of people with and without disabilities.
To improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities by guiding communities to create a culture of physical accessibility, social inclusion and equitable open access in recreation, sports and tourism.
How Your Support Is Making Inclusion Happen:
Twin brothers, one with a disability and one without, finally being able to participate in community recreation spaces together.
Parents are able to sign up all of their children for the same summer programs.
Spouses are able to continue playing together even as one acquires a disability diagnosis like stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson's Disease.
Grandparents are able to stay active and healthy alongside their grandchildren even as the way they move changes over time.
Athletes find sports that give them the vital benefits of team, camaraderie, skill development and leadership even as traumatic events change their ability to move.
Children born with disabilities are welcomed into spaces of health and wellness every day, alongside their peers without disabilities.
HERE'S MORE! WXXI's Beth Adams reports on the growth of inclusion in recreation, sports and tourism - with local residents giving voice to the impacts on their lives!
How RAA Provides the Solutions:
Our expertise in inclusion and accessibility shapes the model of our services and impact of our work. We provide a unique Inclusion Partner model of multi-year contractual consultation to assess, train, and provide ongoing support that empowers recreation businesses with strategies to build both physical accessibility and social inclusion to serve people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.
Our services in Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes & WNY build the capacity of rural, urban, and suburban recreation entities to operate with full inclusion across all of their services and have connected 8000+ people to inclusive recreation opportunities.
Our Inclusion Specialists work with recreation and tourism businesses, municipal recreation centers and libraries, K-12 and higher education settings, and government entities and non-profit organizations. Our growing team of over 35 volunteers will provide over 1,000 hours of vital services by year's end.
Our work has resulted in:
a) tangible operational changes which promote a sustainable culture of inclusion,
b) removal of physical barriers, and
c) an increase in participation in active recreation by over 500 individuals with a variety of disabilities – alongside their family, friends, and peers without a disability.
Thank you so much for your support! Together, we can Make Inclusion Happen!
We focus on: Health, Human Services
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
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