Inclusive Practices in Out of School Time
In Maryland we know there are simply not enough opportunities for young people in the out of school hours (afterschool and summer). We also know that finding high quality, appropriate afterschool and summer activities for children can be even more difficult and frustrating for parents of youth with disabilities. MOST is dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of out of school time opportunities for ALL of Maryland’s young people. To that end, we want to take a focused and strategic look at how the Out of School Time field in Maryland can better serve young people with disabilities.
Below are some local and national resources for Out of School Time Providers on inclusion. We are currently in the process of planning trainings and other events related to serving youth with disabilities in the out of school hours. For a general guide for parents, youth and OST providers, "Together Beyond the School Day: Including Youth with Disabilities in Out of School Time Programs" is now available online as a helpful manual for facilitating inclusion in OST programs.
Data and policy recommendations are included in the Maryland Development Disabilities Council publication: Child Care and Out of School Time Activities: Increasing Quality and Access for Children With Disabilities.
Getting From Yes to How Helpline
The Getting From Yes to How Helpline is being piloted in Baltimore City to offer guidance, support and technical assistance to OST program providers on including youth with disabilities successfully in their programs. If your OST program has questions about including youth with disabilities, is currently experiencing specific challenges related to inclusion, you can call the helpline at anytime and leave a brief message. Your call will be returned within two business days, by a MOST staff member who will collect more specific information about your question or issue and help refer you to the Getting From Yes to How team of professionals to offer additional assistance.
You can also fill out our Getting From Yes to How Helpline form, found here.
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1-888-219-2440 x 1
- Abilities Network
- Kids Included Together (KIT)
- Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
- Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
- Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
- People First Language
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities
- Scholarships for Students with Disabilities