What is Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation?

By September 24, 2018Epic Extras

With over 120,000 feet of recreation space, which includes over $1 million dollars of cardio and strength equipment, and plenty of fitness, sports, arts and music programming, The Epic recreation center is well equipped for adaptive and inclusive programs, events and activities.  Inclusive recreation, also known as adaptive or accessible recreation, is a concept whereby people with disabilities are given the opportunity to participate in recreational activities. Through the use of activity modifications, members are able to participate in most of the activities available for able bodied/minded members.

We define disability as any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the individual to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.  The following is a list of, but is not limited to, disabilities that warrant adaptive and inclusive accommodations:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Amputation
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Obesity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Stroke Victims

In addition to all-inclusive programming, we are proud to introduce PlayGrand Adventures, the largest all-inclusive playground in the metroplex.  Described as “an epic play experience for all ages and abilities,” this playground will be outfitted with one-of-a-kind features which allow kids to be in a stimulating and interactive environment.  Additionally, 100% inclusive means teens and adults are also welcome.  The playground will include areas that allow all ages to enhance social/emotional security and well as sensory, physical, cognitive and communicative skills.  This is all in addition to the fun they’ll have while being active.

If you are interested in information about adaptive/inclusive recreation and/or volunteer/job oppurtunities, please contact our Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Thomas Menezes:  tmenezes@gptx.org / (972) 339-3716.

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