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The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation. Inclusion is individuals with and without disabilities participating in recreation activities together. In order for individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible, reasonable accommodations are provided. Reasonable accommodations are individualized techniques and resources used to enhance program participation without fundamentally altering a program. Inclusion makes it possible for individuals to choose from the vast array of programs offered by City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

To request reasonable accommodation:

  1. When you register, mark "yes" in the inclusive service request section. At least two weeks notification prior to the registration deadline for each program is required. In some cases reasonable accommodation may take longer.
  2. Request and complete inclusion questionnaire. Choose the link to the appropriate questionnaire to the right to download the questionnaire from this Web site.
  3. Inclusive Recreation Coordinator will contact participant to establish an individualized inclusion plan.

For more information, or to request assistance contact Amy Shrake, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, at 349-3747. We request at least two weeks notification for reasonable modification requests. In some cases reasonable modifications may take longer.

Special Olympics Indiana - Monroe County

Special Olympics Indiana - Monroe County offers year-round sports training and athletic competition for children (ages 8 years and up) and adults with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. Special Olympics provides opportunities for athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share gifts, skills and friendship with others in our community. Special Olympics Indiana Monroe County is proud to work with nearly 200 Special Olympics athletes and their families. To find out if you or a family member are eligible to participate, call (812) 325-1548 or e-mail or write to PO Box 2554, Bloomington, IN 47402.

Special Olympics Indiana-Monroe County is also on the Web! and on Facebook. If you are interested in joining the County Management Team, contact Denise Brown at 812-325-1548.

Leisure Companion ProgramVolunteer logo

The Leisure Companion Program is a service in which participants with disabilities are partnered with a volunteer companion who provides additional suport during participation in inclusive activities. The level of support will vary according to the specific needs of each individual. Leisure Companions are also needed to assist participants in Inclusive Recreation programs. Contact Julie Ramey at or by phone at (812) 349-3719 for details. To be partnered with a Leisure Companion, register for activities of interest and request a reasonable accommodation. Leisure Companion volunteer hours are supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Inclusive Recreation Advisory Council

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend Inclusive Recreation Advisory Council meetings. Contact the Advisory Council members via e-mail below, or through the Parks and Recreation Department's Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Amy Shrake at (812) 349-3747.

The Inclusive Recreation Advisory Council meets in the Allison-Jukebox Community Center, 351 S. Washington St. The next scheduled meeting of the Inclusive Recreation Advisory Council is May 19 at 10 a.m.

Advisory Council Members Representation
Denise Brown
parent of an adult with a disability, Special Olympics
Rebecca Davis
parent of a child with a disability
Catherine Gray
IU, parent of a child with a disability, Stone Belt
Katie Herron
parent of an adult with a disability, First Steps
Kathleen Hugo
MCCSC Director of Special Education
Cyndi Johnson Arc of Indiana, Down Syndrome Family Connection, parent of a child with a disability
Danie Norris Assistant Director of Options for Better Living
Alison Voight IU Therapeutic Recreation/Outdoor Recreation