Inclusion Workshops and Training

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. 

5/5 9am-11am Spring Introduction to Inclusion Workshop:

Zoom LinkPlease use the link above to access the Spring Introduction to Inclusion workshop.
Group of campers and camp counselors at the Seattle Children's PlayGarden's inclusive summer camp
Group of campers and camp counselors posing for a photo after a day of summer camp.

2021 Workshops

We are so excited to partner with Public Health- Seattle & King County Best Start for Kids Initiative  for yet another year to offer our 2021 introductory and advanced inclusion workshop series.  We will be offering the workshop series three times in 2021, Winter Spring and Fall. 

  • Cost
    Thanks to the financial support from Public Health-Seattle and King County, the workshops are free to attend.
  • Audience
    The PlayGarden’s workshop series is designed specifically for youth-care providers at all levels within an organization, parents and community members eager to learn more.
  • 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.
  • Registration:  Registration links coming soon. After you register and closer to the event date, 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. 

Spring

Wednesday May 5th 9:00am-11:00am
Introduction to Inclusion 

Wednesday May 26th 9:00am-11:00am
Advanced Inclusion Workshop 

Fall

Wednesday October 6th 9:00am-11:00am
Introduction to Inclusion

Wednesday October 27th 9:00am-11:00am
Advanced Inclusion Workshop

Help us spread the word-

We would love your help spreading the word. If you are part of an organization or network in King Country that you think would appreciate knowing about these workshops, please share this flyer. 

Group of adults sitting in the PlayGarden field house working on a group activity during an introduction to inclusion workshop
A group of youth-care providers, parents and community members work together on a house working on a group activity during an introduction to inclusion workshop at the PlayGarden.
Workshop Context:
Over our fifteen years as an organization the PlayGarden has been learning about the experiences of families of children with disabilities out in the community. We have compiled stories, experiences and lessons on inclusion into the form of an inclusion toolkit 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.
 
Facilitation:
This workshop 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.

Inclusion in Focus: 6 Week Working Group

After organizations have attended our introduction and advanced inclusion workshop series, we invite participants to join us for a 6 week Inclusion in Focus working group. Over three different sessions, we will work in a small group of 6-10 participants to explore and troubleshoot the specific challenges to inclusion your organization is currently facing.

Registration links will be sent out to participants from the Introductory and advanced workshops. 

Inclusion in Focus Working Group: Cohort A 
Series Dates: April 7th- May 12th
Sessions: 4/7, 4/28 & 5,12

Inclusion in Focus Working Group: Cohort B 
Series Dates: November 10th-December 15th 
Sessions: 11/10, 12, 1, & 12/15 

*More sessions will be added based on interest. 

Site-Specific Training

If you are interested in working with the PlayGarden to provide site-specific inclusion training or have the PlayGarden staff lead an inclusion workshop for your organization please reach out to our Inclusive Programs Director, Hannah Gallagher to discuss.
kids at the playgarden

Hannah Gallagher
Inclusive Programs Director
Cell/Work:(206) 349-4097
Hannah@childrensplaygarden.org