Your ability to lead an active life is important to us. We provide accessible recreation programs for individuals of all ages, not only to enhance lives today but also in a healthy future. We believe that everyone deserves to enjoy and participate in recreational activities. Recreation & Parks has two Town policies outlining our commitment. Both policies reflect the Town’s value of ‘equal access to service, facilities and programs’ and the Town’s commitment to Recreation for All.
Inclusion Policy - Making access to all recreational programs and services a fair and equitable process for all residents. The policy outlines best practices that will help to ensure barrier-free services for persons with disabilities or special needs participating in a Town program or service.
The Town welcomes residents with disabilities or special needs that require interpretive services, mobility and adaptive equipment needs and individualized support. This includes anyone with a physical or developmental disability either congenital or resulting from an injury or illness.
All recreation programs offered by the Town are integrated and designed to encourage participation by all individuals.
We ask for your help in letting us know of a participant’s special need or health condition well before the program start date. Please fill out the appropriate information while registering and contact us at 905-873-2601 ext. 2275 to discuss the best options for support during activities.
Options can include;
Recreation staff provide individualized support, within the scope of staff’s expertise
Individuals arrange their own support to assist with their participation
(see Rec Partner)
Other options for success arranged between participants, guardians and staff
Do you have a special need or health condition that makes it difficult for you to participate in recreation programs or activities on your own? Would you find it helpful to bring a partner along to assist you in participating? If you answered YES, then bring a Rec Partner to your next program or activity!
What is a Rec Partner?
A Rec Partner provides assistance to a participant with a special need or health condition who is attending a Recreation & Parks registered program, drop-in program, or activity at the Hillsview Active Living Centres. The Rec Partner must be 14 years old. The Rec Partner can participate in the program free of charge. Fees associated with the box office at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre or with meals and trips at the Hillsview Active living centres cannot be waived.
Who qualifies for a Rec Partner?
Any individual with a special need or health condition may bring a Rec Partner.
What is the role of the Rec Partner?
Having been chosen by the participant, the Rec Partner:
Accompanies the participant with a special need or health condition in his/her chosen program or activity to provide one-on-one assistance that is not provided by Recreation & Parks program instructors.
Supports the participant with a special need or health condition in program participation.
Provides full supervision throughout the entire program.
Behaves in a manner that supports a positive program experience for all program participants.
For aquatic activities, the Rec Partner must be comfortable in the water and demonstrate awareness of water safety.
For care programs, the Rec Partner must have police clearance.
The person with a special need or health condition states they have a Rec Partner joining them for the program.
The person with a special need or health condition and the Rec Partner enter, attend, and exit the activity together.
The Rec Partner behaves in a manner that supports a positive program experience for all program participants.
For fitness classes, the Rec Partner completes a PAR-Q and provides the instructor with a contact telephone number for emergencies.
Fees associated with the box office at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre or with meals and trips at the Hillsview Active living centres cannot be waived.
Fees associated with meals and trips at the Seniors Centres cannot be waived.
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