For years now, inclusion has been a growing movement in the United States. The global Jewish community has even designated February as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (watch for a whole year of Inclusion initiatives here at the J to be rolled out beginning in February 2019)!
So what makes inclusion important? Inclusive environments in classrooms, sports activities, clubs, and jobs give everyone the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the similarities and strengths that all individuals bring to an activity. Recent research shows that inclusive activities outside of the classroom, especially in sports and recreation, are great for kids of all ages and abilities:
“These non-academic settings are especially effective in promoting a number of positive outcomes among those who participate, including: improved social skills, communication skills, self-esteem, and even social acceptance. […] By participating in an inclusive environment, children and staff without disabilities learn more about tolerance, acceptance, and what it means to have a disability.”
This winter, the J is excited to expand our Inclusive sports clinics. In addition to Inclusive Youth Basketball and Inclusive Youth Baseball and Softball, we’re also offering Inclusive Youth Volleyball. Each of these classes is designed to help kids learn the fundamentals of each sport and play in non-competitive games, with additional support available for those who need it. Learn more about our inclusive youth sports opportunities and sign up today!