MASON CITY | The National Inclusion Project has partnered for a third year with Mason City Family YMCA to implement Let’s ALL Play — Inclusion in Recreational Programs.

The partnership will allow children with disabilities to enjoy successful recreational experiences in an inclusive setting. As part of this initiative, the National Inclusion Project provides a program model, training, expertise and an award of $6,000.

The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, and works to bridge the gap between young people with disabilities and the world around them by opening doors for all children to be included together, primarily through recreational programs and training to make after-school programs, summer camps and classroom activities inclusive for all children.

Its Let’s ALL Play program is a research-validated national model that brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities by giving them the same experience as children without disabilities. All children come together to participate in typical recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more.

Teaming with Mason City Family YMCA is another step toward its goal of full inclusion.

“We feel that working with Mason City Family YMCA will help us further our mission to open doors in communities nationwide for children with disabilities to experience everything life has to offer,” says Jerry Aiken, executive director.

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