The mission of the BLOOM program is to create a reverse inclusion wellness and development program for adolescents with and without disabilities focusing on social skills, communication and peer interaction through sports, recreation and nutrition activities. BLOOM is designed to promote the inclusion of youth and young adults with disabilities into all aspects of society through recreation and physical activity. The program focuses on physical activity designed to develop self-determination, empowerment, overall health and leadership for adolescents in transition.
The recommended age range for peers is 13 to 21 years old.
When you apply to be a peer, you will make an impact by:
- Cultivating friendships – Real friendships can be developed with other participants.
- Acquiring social skills – Individuals with disabilities are more likely to develop social skills necessary to develop relationships when participating in inclusive recreation opportunities.
- Improving attitudes – People often develop positive attitudes about diverse individuals as a result of joint participation in some activities.
- Developing life-long skills – Through the presence of appropriate inclusive recreation options, the development of life-long functional recreation skills will be promoted.
- Enhancing image – The image of a person with disabilities is higher with inclusive participation as opposed to segregated participation.
- Increasing understanding – Exposure to inclusive leisure services results in a greater understanding and acceptance of individuals of varying backgrounds and abilities.
For more information, contact BLOOM Program Coordinator Shania Barnhart, email@example.com.