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Club C.A.I.R.S.

Club C.A.I.R.S. (Children, Adaptive, Inclusion, Recreation, Services)

The Club CAIRS, (Children, Adaptive, Inclusion, Recreation, Services) is a new division of the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley that is dedicated to giving children with varying abilities the opportunity to access recreational activities regardless of skill level.

The CAIRS programs are based on the "inclusion model”. This model will help children with physical and developmental disabilities to participate in recreation programs with the rest of the community, with the appropriate support to facilitate success.

This programming is an extension of our current annual membership and will not require any additional fees. Membership to the Boys & Girls Club and to participate in our CAIRS programs is $40 for the school year.
The Club is excited to announce our CAIRS programs. These are inclusion programs that are open to the whole community. The cost to participate is a membership to the Boys & Girls Club which is $40 for the year. The low member-to-adult/peer ratio ensures that individuals receive continuous support and personal attention. All abilities welcome! 

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Committed to Inclusion
Through the Inclusive Fitness for Youth Initiative(funded by The Boston Foundation), PYD’s National Center is collaborating with Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley for a year-long partnership to increase inclusion of youth with disabilities in club activities.

Recently, the full and part-time staff of The Boys and Girls Club participated in a training facilitated by PYD’s National Center entitled, "Expanding Access and Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities.” The team engaged in interactive team exercises to learn the definition of inclusion, information about the ADA and ADA Amendments Act, disability statistics, and inclusive communication strategies (including person first language). Many staff reported that as a result of this training, they will begin using person first language and be more committed to inclusion.

"The Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is a community center that is constantly searching of ways to successfully support our youth. I am so thankful that we are able to collaborate with Partners in Youth with Disabilities to continue to learn how to effectively include all youth in our programs. Our entire staff is looking forward to learning more about what inclusion truly is and how our staff and members will be able to help end the barriers to inclusion.” Jennifer Kuo, Youth Services Director.
  
Please contact Jenn Kuo, Director of Resource Development, at kuo@bgcav.org, if your child requires additional support.

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