BASCOL receives grant for inclusive summer program

— BASCOL learned about the grant through an e-mail that went out to all before- and after-school programs.

“The BASCOL administrative team got together, wrote the grant and submitted it,” Edwards said. “With expert training on a yearly basis, BASCOL will continue to implement the ‘Let’s All Play’ program annually.”

The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. They partner with communities and programs to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience life-long benefits. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and in the classroom, children of all abilities learn, play and serve together. To date, the project has partnered with over 200 programs nationally and has impacted over 50,000 children.

Edwards is excited to have BASCOL’s children feel that impact, as well, particularly because inclusion is such a huge part of what the center does.

“Inclusion is such an important part of the BASCOL mission because the focus of inclusion is not just on students with disabilities; inclusion is a focus on all students,” she said. “Every child, whether they have a disability or not, may require accommodations and/or modifications to be successful in a program. BASCOL strives towards developing inclusive programs for all children participating.”

For more information about the BASCOL program or to register for the Ultimate Summer Escape Program, contact the BASCOL administrative office at 622-4815 or visit bascol.org.

For more information regarding the National Inclusion Project, go to inclusionproject.org.

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