Stony Brook University’s School of Health Professions is hosting a conference on Friday, October 20, “Inclusion Done Right!” — optimizing community-based inclusion for children with disabilities.
This first-of-its-kind conference, which will be held from 8 am to 4 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater, seeks to establish an integrated bridge between Stony Brook University and community partners to promote inclusive recreation and leisure that aligns with best practice and optimizes participation for children with disabilities. The event will be hosted by Agnes McConlogue Ferro, clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions and recently appointed director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development.
Current research and indicators of best practice clearly highlight the benefits of community-based participation in recreation and leisure activities. A persistent lack of these opportunities for children with disabilities that are — “done right!” — is a frequently identified area of need by children and their families/caregivers.
The intended audience is multi-leveled, consisting of university faculty and staff, community-based program providers and administrators, as well as children with disabilities and their families/caregivers. Stony Brook University aims to be a collaborative knowledge broker alongside community partners to promote and optimize inclusive practice — “done right!”
Stony Brook faculty and the keynote speakers, who are recognized experts in the field, will present on the topic of inclusive leisure and recreation. A one-hour poster session is included in the schedule.
Please visit the conference webpage for more information.
The conference is presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Health Professions, and President’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.