We hosted our first Play for Peace Community Discussion and Play meeting this year! Co-founder Craig Dobkin and Board member Mark Havens led the discussion around creating more accessible sessions. Check out some tips they gave us at the workshop!
1. Adjust the activity, not the person.
(For example, if you want to play a game of tag with your group and some people cannot physically run, don't ask people to sit out. Adjust the activity by making it a walking tag - it can be just as challenging and fun in a different way!)
2. Give Choice with instructions
(When playing an activity with a group, give the participants multiple choices of what the rules could be. For example, to vary a running activity, you could ask the group to decide how they should move; should we fast walk, act like a robot in slow motion, or move like a sloth?)
3. Individualize the activity based on the needs of a participant.
(It’s easy to assume what a person would be comfortable with. If you think you may have to adjust the activity, first find out from them what needs they have, and learn their limits instead of changing your activity based on any assumptions you may have.)
4. Invite the group to help make changes to the activity.
(Sometimes you need to adjust an activity on the spot and may not have any ideas, that’s okay! Asking the group to help you brainstorm ideas of how to include everyone in the group is a great way to create autonomy and role model inclusion.)
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