Inclusive Recreation

The purpose of Inclusive Recreation is to assist an individual in developing and implementing a health balanced leisurely lifestyle. Please be sure to fill out the Participant Health Assessment Form (PDF).

Leisure programs and opportunities help to improve quality of life as well as improve and maintain physical and psychological health and well-being.

Inclusive recreation programs offer opportunities for individuals to socialize and participate together in non-threatening environments and activities. Inclusive recreation takes place when individuals of all abilities participate in a recreational activity together in an attempt to decrease barriers to leisure by utilizing adaptations and programming accommodations. The benefits of inclusive recreation are not limited to the individuals with disabilities. Individuals without disabilities benefit from inclusive recreation as well.

Lansing Parks and Recreation support and encourage inclusion services for people of all ages who choose to participate in general recreation programs. Please contact Gier Community Center at 517-483-4313 for more information.

Helping Hands Respite Partnership

We also have an exciting partnership with Helping Hands Respite to serve individuals that require a higher level of care

"Breaking Barriers Today is a collaborative effort between Helping Hands Respite Care, The City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department, and Community Mental Health. The activity center is focused on providing a quality experience for those with disabilities ranging in age from 13-50. A gap for programming, specifically for adults from 26-35, has been recognized through several professional agencies within the Lansing Community. This program is Helping Hands Respite Care's response to filling that gap. For more information see the Helping Hands Respite Partnership website."

Inclusion Services

Inclusion is:
  • The full and active participation of individuals with disabilities in the same community activities as individuals without disabilities.
  • Providing individuals with reasonable accommodations that will enhance their recreational experience.
  • Integrating individuals into typical recreation activities to stimulate the greatest amount of enjoyment and participation.
  • Providing positive recreation experiences which contribute to the growth and development of every individual.
The Inclusive Recreation Program is pleased to offer inclusion services to people of all ages who choose to participate in general recreation programs. We will work with the participant and parent/guardian to help implement accommodations designed to provide the most successful recreation experience for all participants. Some minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation) must be met in order to participate. (At least 2 weeks advance notice to the Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator is required.)


Some examples of reasonable accommodations:
  • An enhanced staff/participant ratio
  • Sign interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Adaptive activity equipment or supplies
  • Accessible transportation is provided when transportation is provided as part of an event.
The minimum requirements which apply to a participant without a disability also apply to a participant with a disability. These include:
  • Meeting the age restriction requirements of the program
  • Following rules of conduct (with or without reasonable accommodation)
  • Voluntary participation; recreation programs and activities are voluntary in nature. Participation will be encouraged and aided, but not forced.
  • Level of participation; with or without reasonable accommodations, the participant will engage in scheduled activities for the majority of the time
  • Ability to use a consistent form of communication to indicate basic needs and follow simple directions
  • Ability to tolerate and function, with or without assistance, as a member of a larger social group (12 or more people)