Inclusive University–Learn best practices in inclusion and accessibility

Become a Certified Inclusivity Assessor! Learn about best practices in inclusion and accessibility so that you can assess sites and facilities for physical, administrative, and programmatic inclusion. Help build a state-wide system that provides accurate and descriptive information about recreation places and spaces. Whether you are a person with a disability, family member, recreation provider, educator, student, or advocate, this training is for you!

Over the past 3 years, the NYS IRRC has provided Inclusion U training to over 800 people state-wide. The NYS IRRC is a resource and training center with a mission to promote and sustain participation by people of all abilities in inclusive recreation activities and resources. Inclusion U is a day-long training that teaches attendees the foundation and best practices of physical and social inclusion, and how to assess inclusivity using the Inclusivity Assessment Tool. At the completion of Inclusion U, participants become Certified Inclusivity Assessors and are qualified to complete assessments of recreation sites, facilities and programs.

Full-day Inclusion U trainings:

• Teach best practices in inclusion

• Certify attendees to use the Inclusivity Assessment Tool

• Empower attendees to make a positive difference!

Over 800 Certified Inclusivity Assessors across New York have worked to increase accessibility and inclusion. Whether it is a park, bowling alley, library, or boating pier, information collected during assessments is now available in an on-line database to assist people with disabilities better plan their recreation.

The next Inclusion U will be Thursday, August 26th from 8:00-4:30 PM at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY

Pre-registration is required. The cost of this training is $95.00 and includes the bound Inclusivity Tool Guide and tool kit. Payment can be made by checks payable to “The Research Foundation, SUNY Cortland.” Also, please write “NYSIRRC” in the memo line. Please submit to: New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center, SUNY Cortland, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045. If you have questions about the training or need any accommodations to participate, please contact Project Coordinator Laurie Penney McGee at (607)753-4833 or

Thanks to a special grant the first 12 Medicaid Service Coordinators who register for this training can attend Inclusion U for free. Once the free spots are filled, a limited number of additional MSC’s can attend for a reduced fee of $40.00. Please share this information with anyone who you feel may be interested in this training. Please contact if you have any questions or would like to register. You can also visit the website at to learn more about other Inclusion U trainings around New York.

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