During the month of March, we are focusing on inclusion for individuals with Autism and Special Needs! This is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts! Our ABA therapists see children with special needs Monday-Friday. While we love working with them in the clinic and helping them succeed, we also want to see them enjoy their childhood and have a chance to be a kid! We always say
Our clients are kids first and they have an autism diagnosis second!
So today we are talking about programs that also believe in the power of inclusion! Specifically, sports & teams that provide opportunities for individuals with special needs to participate.
Special Olympics Georgia
You have probably heard of the Special Olympics! This program has been around in the state of Georgia since 1970. According to their website, Special Olympics Georgia serves more than 26,460 athletes with intellectual disabilities in over 180 programs in 121 counties.
The mission of Special Olympics Georgia is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
We especially love their new campaign: Spread the Word: Inclusion! Make sure to take the pledge below!
Inclusion Program at the Marcus JCC Atlanta
The MJCCA offers lots of programs for students with special needs! They have a preschool, summer day camps, gymnastics, aquatics, dance, tennis, and youth sports leagues!
Looking for a Great Inclusion Program for Students with Special Needs? The MJCCA provides an environment that supports and enriches the lives of all children, youth, and young adults. In order to better serve the growing needs of those on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with special needs, the MJCCA offers outstanding inclusion programming. Students with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to participate in traditional classes, camps and activities at the MJCCA.
The A-Team loves the Horizon program! Every year we use their field to host a Kickball game for our families. The City of Acworth has gone above and beyond to provide leagues and facilities specially designed for individuals with special needs. They have a variety of programs for adults and children all year long!
The Horizon League provides children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events, develop lasting relationships among their peers, coaches and parents and demonstrate to them that they are an important part of their community by creating an environment of inclusion for both the participants and their families.