The Inclusive Recreation Committee:
This committee strives to ensure that New Brunswick municipalities and recreation and sport organizations have the knowledge and resources necessary to develop and support essential, health-promoting programs for individuals of all abilities.
The committee recognizes that “inclusive” is a broad term that has evolved over the years. We understand it as the aim to provide equitable access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. Acknowledging the value of inclusion for all underserved groups, this committee is focused on supporting inclusion for individuals with a disability.
The committee recognizes “recreation” as participation in physical, social, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing.
The Inclusive Recreation Committee is a combination of several different organizations, councils, and municipalities throughout New Brunswick which offer a well-rounded outlook surrounding inclusion, accessibility, and recreation.
What is the Inclusive Recreation Database?
The Inclusive Recreation Database is an up-to-date resource aimed at providing detailed information about recreation spaces throughout the province to better support individuals with a disability. The database is not to judge the degree of accessibility of a space, but rather to highlight the accessible features within a space so that attendees have a better understanding of the spaces before their arrival. What may be accessible for one person may not be accessible for another, therefore we have been careful to provide a detailed account of the condition of the facility and spaces and the accessible features.
(A confidential review/assessment with a detailed list of recommendations for the business owner/operator can be provided by Ability New Brunswick. For more information about the Accessibility Review Tool please contact Ability New Brunswick | Capacité Nouveau- Brunswick.)
Ability NB and the recreation facilities throughout the province play a key role in creating the database. Recreation N.B. | Loisirs N.-B. with the help of the Inclusive Recreation Committee will tap into it's membership base to connect municipalities, and privately owned recreation facilities with Ability NB. Once a confidential review/assessment has been complete the business or organization will have the opportunity to share their finding with the committee. With the information provided we will be able to highlight all of the accessible features that each recreation space has to offer.
It is important to highlight that the goal of the database is not to shame or deter individuals from a recreational space because of the accessible features that it is lacking, however it is to highlight the features that are in place to create a more pleasurable and safe experience for individuals with a disability.