Inclusion Workshops

Providing truly inclusive programs requires learning and planning. The PlayGarden offers inclusion workshops, professional development and site-specific training  opportunities. It is past time we say, “Yes!” to children with disabilities in ALL aspects of our community. 

Cover of the PlayGarden's Inclusion Toolkit
Download a copy of the Inclusion Toolkit to accompany your learning in the Inclusion workshops.

Introduction to Inclusion Workshop

Wednesday October 6th
9:00am-11:00am

Advanced Inclusion Workshop

Wednesday October 27th 
9:00am-11:00am

Toolkit & Workshop Testimonials

  • “I wanted to convey that I am sharing the Playgarden’s Say YES! to Kids with Disabilities release with all WA Federation of independent Schools around the state as a feature in our bi-monthly newsletter. It is an unbelievably inspiring and important resource.” –

    Sharon Ricci
    Membership & Communications Manager WA Federation of Independent Schools
  • “I’m interested in purchasing a hard copy of the inclusion toolkit book. I have a library of resources I use for the inclusive education program I run through the Down Syndrome Community and I think this would be a great addition. “

    Erin Klones
    Parent Advocate
  • “I attended your, Say “Yes” to Kids with Disabilities workshop on Dec 7th. It was fantastic! At Woodland Park Zoo, we are looking to get another 2 copies of the book for our education department at the Zoo.”

    Karen Ofsthus
    Learning Facilitator | Public Programs Woodland Park Zoo
  • “The tools I received from your Say YES to Kids with Disabilities workshop have been very helpful for me in my work at the Seattle Aquarium and the work with the teens.” –

    Apryl Reed
    Youth Engagement Mentor, Seattle Aquarium

Workshop  FAQ 

  • Cost: The workshops are free to attend.

  • Audience: Workshops are designed specifically for youth-care providers at all levels within an organization, parents and community members eager to learn more.

  • Facilitation: All workshops will be lead and facilitated by the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden’s Executive Director and Founder, Liz Bullard and Inclusive Programs Director, Hannah Gallagher. To learn more about the facilitators, please visit the PlayGarden’s Staff and Board.

  • In Person or Virtual? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops are planned to happen virtually over Zoom. When it  becomes safe to host larger gatherings we will go back to hosting our workshops in person.

  • Will the workshops be recored? Because participants share personal stories about their expereince with disability in the workshops we do not record the workshops. If you are not able to attend one of the workshops, we encourage you to visit our free online learning hub for access to over 16 lessons on inclusion, our inclusion toolkit, and inclusive preschool book. If after diving into those resources you have further questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

  • Registration:  After participants register, we will send you an email with a short questionnaire that will help us design the workshop with your specific needs and questions in mind.

  • Timing of workshops: We selected a weekday morning as we are predominately assuming that youth-care providers will attend the training during their work hours and and consider it professional development. We want these  workshops to be accessible to as many people as possible. If these times do not work for you, please send us an email with a days/times that works better for you.  If we get enough interest expressing a need to change the workshop time say to the evening or another day we can offer one  at a different time.

  • Accessibility: If you need any accommodations to make this online workshop more accessible, please reach out to Hannah@childrensplaygarden.org to arrange. We will do our very best to make the programming as accessible as possible. 

Coming soon.... more workshops in 2022

Dates TBD
Aerial of the PlayGarden

Design for Inclusive Play

Two kids give each other a high five at summer camp

How to Run an Inclusive Preschool Program 

Introduction to Inclusion Workshop

Gabe years later at Teen Camp.

Advanced Inclusion Workshop

Inclusion Toolkit & Learning Hub

The PlayGarden staff have been learning about the experiences of families of children with disabilities out in the community for over 20 years.  We have compiled stories, experiences and lessons on inclusion into the form of an Inclusion Toolkit, online learning hub and this workshop series.
 
The purpose of the workshop series to provide youth-serving organizations, parents and community members  the tools they need to make community spaces such as parks, gardens, museums, zoos, and even the ballpark become more inclusive of children and families of children with disabilities.

Special thanks to Seattle & King County Public Health Best Starts for Kids Initiative  for the on-going support for these workshops and resources.