Inclusive Programming to be Offered

New programming will give adults with developmental disabilities the chance to enjoy recreational activities alongside those without disabilities

This summer, Community Living’s Adult Recreation Services program will expand to unite individuals with and without disabilities. The program provides enrichment and leisure opportunities for adults (18 and over) with developmental disabilities, and it will soon add inclusive events to its programming mix. Starting in July, Adult Recreation members will have the chance to invite friends, family and other members of the community – of all abilities – to take part in inclusive yoga and softball.

“We are introducing Inclusive Programming with the hope of making inclusion the norm,” said Alyssa Renaud, Manager of Community Living’s Adult Recreation Services. “Inclusive recreation creates stronger communities because it encourages individuals to become more accepting and respectful of the differences that exist among them. It also helps to promote awareness and fellowship, allowing participants to learn from each other in an informal environment.”

Inclusive yoga will be offered on July 11 and Aug. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The course will be taught by certified yoga instructor Carly McElvaine, who possesses a wealth of experience in inclusive programming. The course will offer modifications for each pose. Inclusive softball will begin Aug. 31, and will give individuals with and without disabilities the chance to play in a community-based league each Thursday night at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

To get involved in the inclusive events, members of the community can register by printing out the Sign-Up Form and returning to the Adult Recreation program with payment.

The new Inclusive Programming will enhance the wide range of activities currently offered by Community Living’s Adult Recreation Services program, which includes arts and crafts, classes, day trips and much more.

For more information, contact Alyssa Renaud at 636-614-1326.