Inclusion and Support Services

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury promotes and encourages participants with any exceptionalities and/or disabilities to participate in a wide variety of activities offered by the Community Services Department. The objective is to facilitate meaningful participation for all.

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Do You or Your Child Need Support to Participate
  • Extra support is required in the classroom.
  • A physical, medical, developmental, and/or learning disability exists that could affect the safety of the participant or that of other participants.
  • Extra support is needed at home for basic care such as dressing and toileting.
  • The participant is currently associated with a support agency or program.
  • The participant has a safety plan with their education institution.
  • Will the specific program and type of activities within the program be suitable for the participants needs, abilities, and interests?

If the participant needs aligns with one or more of the statements above, please contact Natalie Coutts Inclusion Coordinator 905-775-7529 Ext 8307

Is the Participant Program/Group Ready?

To support the success, safety, and inclusion for all participants in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s programs and camps, participants must be program ready.

To be program ready, participants must:

  • Be able to take direction and instruction from a staff member (with or without additional support).
  • Interact and participate within the program environment based on the participants abilities and needs; However, it is asked that participants show the ability to participate in 50% of the programs.
  • Be able to interact and participate in a way that encourages a safe environment for the participant and others.
  • If school-Aged: Attend school successfully (with or without additional support).

Please Note: Recreation Staff and Inclusion Support Facilitators will make every effort to facilitate programming and accommodations; However, the health and safety of participants and staff are paramount. Should behaviour occur that presents potential harm to self, others, or property, the participant may be denied access to the program. The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury refund policy will apply.

Questions About Inclusion Support and Programming

Please reach out to the Inclusion Coordinator by emailing Natalie Coutts or call 905-775-7529 ext. 8307 for assistance.

Winter Break, March Break, and Summer Camp

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury employs staff for the Winter Break, March Break, and Summer to work specifically as one-to-one inclusion support for children who have special needs, exceptionalities, and/or disabilities. The inclusion one-to-one support is a limited resource and is available on a first come, first serve basis and is available for a maximum of 2 weeks per child.

Inclusion one-to-one support is available in any camp to facilitate successful participation in activities for participants whose needs are not met with large group ratios. If your child requires one-to-one support, please contact Natalie Coutts, Inclusion Coordinator, at 905-775-7529 ext 8307 to start the registration process. Registration must be completed by the Inclusion Coordinator.

Inclusion Support is provided by Inclusion Support Facilitators. The support in camp can include but is not limited to program adaptation, redirection for safety reasons, allowing for opportunities for sensory or emotional breaks, and help with personal care. Support must be requested during the registration period starting in February 2024.

Inclusion Support Facilitator staff are available 35 hours a week, 7 hours a day. One-to-One support will be offered by Inclusion Support Facilitators from 9:00am-4:00pm for the camp week.

Registration Process

Prior to the beginning of the registration process, you will need to contact the Inclusion Coordinator, Natalie Coutts at 905-775-7529 ext 8307 to assess if the program is suitable for providing the best support options to your child. The Community Services Department wishes to ensure that your child’s needs are fully understood. Registering early will allow us to plan an accessible recreational experience for your child.

Once the program is found suitable for your child, the Inclusion Coordinator will register you for your top 2 weeks of summer camp based on availability on a first come, first serve basis. Campers and Families are required to schedule and attend an in-person ‘Get to Know You’ meeting with the Inclusion Coordinator. A mandatory Camper Profile Package that includes an All About Me package, Independent Education Plan, and a Safety Plan, must be completed by each family prior to attending the mandatory in-person meeting. All information is kept confidential and is only provided to program staff who will be working directly with the participant to be able to best support the camper during camp. Communication and cooperation between all parties will ensure a safe and fun environment.

  • An Independent education Plan is a written plan that describes special education programs, accommodations, and services that a school board will provide for a student.
  • A Safety Plan is a plan that is written by health professionals or other local support systems that identifies coping and help-seeking strategies that are tailored for the needs, situation, and personal relationships of an individual.

Before camp starts in July, there will be a Meet n’ Greet at the BWG Leisure Centre that will give campers and families a chance to meet their Inclusion Support Facilitators. 

The above process needs to be followed in all cases. All paperwork must be submitted prior to attending camp. Families requiring accommodations who do not disclose the needs of a participant prior to registration may be required to withdraw from the program, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury refund policy will apply.

Providing Your Own Support?
Services available for children with special needs in the Count of Simcoe:

Although the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury provides one-to-one support for inclusion campers, we allow participants to provide their own support person for registered programs. If you are providing your own support person, it is preferred that the support person is not a direct relative or related to the participant. When you are registering for summer camp, please let us know details on who will be providing support. We request to speak with your support person prior to attending our camp program so they understand our camp expectations, procedures, and their role in providing support for your child. We ask that they sign a Confidentiality Agreement and a Support Worker Registration Agreement. It is required that any support person provided by families have a completed Vulnerable Sector Screening and Standard First Aid and CPR. The registration process is the same as listed under the ‘Registration Process’ tab, please contact the Inclusion Coordinator for more information.

Fee Assistance Options

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury recognizes the value of participating in recreational activities and believes that all participants, regardless of their financial circumstances should be able to enjoy the BWG Leisure Centre and its programming.

Bradford West Gwillimbury residents experiencing financial difficulty due to low income may request fee assistance for membership to the BWG Leisure Centre. An application for assistance must be submitted. Criteria for eligibility is determined by annual income based on Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Off (LICO).

If you are in need of assistance to enhance access to memberships, swimming lessons, leadership and registered programs please email or call 905-775-7529 ext 8100. 

Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366,

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