The City is dedicated to providing meaningful recreation opportunities for participants experiencing disability through both adapted and integrated program options.
Inclusion Participation Form
Participants registering in one-to-one support or adapted programs are asked to complete the Inclusion Participation Form to provide additional information on their support needs.
Success can look different in the world of inclusion. Inclusion Services works with families and individuals to understand individual goals and then can provide as many options as possible to ensure everyone has access to a meaningful recreation experience. We do this by using the Inclusion Choice Model.
Inclusion one-to-one support staff are available to facilitate successful participation in all City of Barrie recreation program. Inclusion one-to-one support staff may provide redirection for safety reasons, allow opportunities for breaks, assist with personal care (e.g., feeding, toileting, changing, etc.), etc.
There is an additional cost and separate registration required for inclusion one-to-one support staff. Participants must register in one-to-one support in advance to ensure that support staff provided by the city are available.
To register for one-to-one support, please follow these steps:
- Register into your desired program on play.barrie.ca.
- Register into the “Inclusion One-to-One Support" program for the same dates/times as the program selected.
- Notify email@example.com of your registration at least two weeks before the start of the program. It is important to contact Inclusion Services as soon as possible as it is not guaranteed that Inclusion One-to-One Support Staff will be available for the date(s) and time(s) requested.
- Complete a Participant Information Package for the participant that is registering for the program. Updated Participant Information Packages should be submitted every two years or sooner when information changes.
As per the City's Health and Safety Policy, the City may require that a participant bring an external support worker that can provide a higher level of support. The support worker can be a paid support worker (at the family's expense), a family member or another non-paid individual. Not providing a support worker may result in the participant being not allowed into to their desired program until they are able to attend with a support worker.
The City of Barrie welcomes external support workers into our programs at no additional cost. All support workers must (a) be at least 16 yeas of age and (b) provide a copy of a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check (dated within 6 months of the program start date) to firstname.lastname@example.org. To attend a registered program with an external support worker, please follow the following steps:
- Register into a program on play.barrie.ca that meets the needs, hobbies and interests of the participant.
- Register the participant (not the support worker) into the “Partners in Recreation" program for the same dates/times as the program selected.
- Provide the Support Worker's name and current Criminal Reference Check to Inclusion Services at Inclusion.Services@barrie.ca before to the start of the program.
Adapted programming includes modified environments, lower staff participant ratios and individualized instruction. The East Bayfield Community Centre Drop-in Schedule (PDF) includes adapted/sensory drop-in programs. The following programs are currently open for registration:
Children of all abilities will connect with peers through a variety of interactive and fun recreational activities. Participants will develop appropriate social skills and experience new and familiar activities in this adapted and supported environment which will strengthen socialization and encourage movement and play. Children will enjoy sensory activities, active games and crafts in a structured environment.
This unique experience is to provide everyone the opportunity to be invited to a party with their peers! Everyone will get a chance to celebrate and be celebrated! Participants will enjoy classic birthday party activities such as goodie bag giveaways, pinatas, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, karaoke, and more!
Teenagers experiencing disabilities will enjoy interacting with their peers and trying different recreational activities such as trivia challenges, game show games, ping pong tournaments, arts and crafts, music, group games, science experiments, movie nights and more. This program will provide an opportunity to warm participants up to Youth Nights that occur at Lampman Lane and Peggy Hill Team Communities Centre's other nights of the week.
The RAD (Recreation for Adults with Disabilities) Club is for 18+ year olds. This program provides a safe, dynamic, and stimulating space for individuals of all abilities to socialize and participate in new activities. Gym + Swim, Swim + Social and Golden are all options with different goals and activities.
VOLT Hockey has arrived in Barrie. Children, youth, and their families can try the exciting sport of VOLT Hockey. The electronic chairs are made with physical disabilities in mind, providing an accessible option for everyone to enjoy the sport of hockey. Participants can try the chairs, play games of 3 on 3, or practice their shots. No hockey experience required. All activity equipment is provided.
Together we will cook or bake simple and delicious recipes. Participants will follow guided visual recipes and be supported in a sensory aware space. With assistance from Barrie Fire, participants will learn kitchen and fire safety tips!
Frequently Asked Questions
A participant usually benefits from one-to-one support in a recreation program if they:
- Need or currently have additional support in a school setting
- Have a safety plan in place at their school setting
- Engage in behaviours often that could affect their safety or the safety of others
- Need extra support at home for personal care such as feeding or toileting
- Are currently using services from a disability or mental health agency
To discuss the individual needs of your participant, contact Inclusion Services at 705-739-4220, extension 4773 or email@example.com .
Following HIGH FIVE® guidelines, all programs are designed to be developmentally appropriate for a specific age range.
Age overrides are considered on a case-by-case basis and can be directed to Recreation Information at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the age override is needed for an adapted program or for inclusion one-to-one support, please contact email@example.com.
If an age override is given, the instructor will decide whether the course is a good fit for the participants. Instructors may discuss other program options with the caregiver if needed.
No. All City of Barrie programs are independent activities unless otherwise indicated. Caregivers, siblings and friends are required to be outside of the program space. Some program spaces have a window or door where you view program activities. We ask that this be done not very often so that participants are not distracted.