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New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center


The Inclusive Recreation Resource Center is an agency in New York state that works to ensure recreation programs are accessible to people with disabilities. In order to achieve this, the agency provides the following services:

Inclusivity Surveys
Using a user-friendly tool, the Inclusivity Assessment Tool, they help programs and facilities assess both physical accessibility and programmatic inclusion.

They provide training, called Inclusion U, to parks and recreation professionals, self-advocates, tourism professionals, human services professionals, families, and anyone interested in increasing opportunities for inclusive recreation. Inclusion U is a one-day workshop that teaches you how to be an Inclusivity Assessor! Eventually, Inclusion U will also be web-based and available on demand to any interested individual. Once you complete Inclusion U, either online or face-to-face, you will be able to complete accessibility surveys and submit the results to the IRRC to be included in an online recreation access database.

Online Database for Inclusive Recreation
All programs or facilities that are assessed using the Inclusivity Assessment Tool are entered into an extensive online database. Click on the "Web Links" tab above to use this comprehensive bank of descriptive information about recreation resources in New York.

Technical Assistance
Anyone providing parks and recreation services can contact the IRRC for help in improving program or facility accessibility. The IRRC will help agencies as they work to increase inclusion of people with disabilities and other differences into their parks, programs, or facilities.

Recreation Referral Service
IRRC will assist participants with a disability in identifying their recreation interests and goals, exploring and choosing community recreation resources for inclusion. It may be a simple email exchange or perhaps a phone conversation, or it may take the form of an in-depth interaction, depending on the needs of the individual with a disability.

Research and Evaluation
Central to the Center’s work will be careful study of what works best to facilitate inclusion. They will collect data to help inform the best ways to help parks and recreation opportunities be inclusive, and to help people with disabilities achieve their “recreation dreams and aspirations.”

Information adapted from the About Us section of the IRRC website as viewed on 4/4/2014 at colfax.cortland.edu/nysirrc/about.html

Contact Info:
Name:Lynn Anderson
Title:Project Director
Organization:NYS IRRC and SUNY Cortland
Address:Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Dept.
Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Web Links

Home page of the New York State Inclusive Recreation and Resource Center

Visit their online database with information on the accessibility of recreation resource throughout New York

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