Community integration is essential for children with special healthcare needs, as well as for their families. Whether it is adaptive sports, going to the park, or attending local events, inclusion allows children to build friendships, develop a sense of belonging, improve their well-being, and explore different environments. Community integration may not occur if a child is at home and not exposed to the outside world.
Community integration can also help those in the community who do not have special healthcare needs. Some benefits include forming more diverse relationships, education about various health needs, understanding adaptive lifestyles, and allowing for more inclusive opportunities.
If you are interested in local community opportunities, please find a few options below:
- Morgan’s Wonderland: an inclusive theme park for people of all ages and abilities.
- Kinetic Kids: sports and recreation programs for children with special needs.
- The DoSeum: an accessible museum that promotes learning and exploration of their environment.
- STRAPS: associated with Morgan’s Wonderland, STRAPS provides adaptive and Paralympic sports for wounded service members, adults, and children.
- Special Olympics: year-round sports training and competition in various sports for both adults and children with intellectual disabilities.