Chances are, you already incorporate physical games and movement activities into your programming for all ages. But have you thought about strategies to make these program elements accessible for everyone? Keep in mind that physical disabilities don’t always present themselves visibly, so whether you think you’ve got individuals in your community who would benefit from accommodations or not, best practice involves erring on the side of inclusion. The great news is that making adjustments doesn’t require re-planning tried and true programs.
For some expert advice on offering inclusive physical movement activities, I often look to physical education teachers. Both in-person and online sources can offer information, ideas, and insight. Reach out to a physical education teacher in your area, or check out one of these online sources for tips as you plan your next program:
This resource includes guiding principles, modification tips, and ready-to-use game ideas, many of which would work well in a library setting. Created by the National Council of Social Service and the Singapore Disability Sports Council.
A wealth of adapted recess and physical education activities, including ideas for use in small spaces. Created by the Heartland Area Education Agency.
Great basic information, not limited to physical movement, on how to design accessible activities. You’ll likely find many tips that you can use immediately. Created by Early Intervention Technical Assistance.
What are some strategies you’ve had success with?
Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is a member of the Library Services to Special Populations committee. She is a Library Media Specialist at West Middleton Elementary School in Middleton, Wisconsin.