Integration at Hockomock Area YMCA
Our Integration Initiative seeks to provide individuals with special needs an opportunity to participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. The Initiative’s goals are:
• Improved social skills and self confidence
• Increased physical activity and independence
• Enhanced mutual respect among people of all abilities
How does it work?
Each branch has a professional integration coordinator who partners with families and individuals to facilitate successful participation at the Y. Interested participants should begin by completing an enrollment form, available at any Hockomock Area YMCA branch. The integration coordinator will contact you to assist in customizing your Y experience. There is no cost for enrollment in the Integration Initiative.
What is available?
Individuals with special needs participate in Y programs and activities with their typically developing peers.
Integrated programs for children of all abilities who need introductory skills in a smaller instructor-to-participant ratio. Instructors have experience in working with individuals with special needs.
Customized activities and classes for individuals with special needs.
Since 2004, the Integration Initiative has had a huge impact on our Y, our community, and our families. Together, we have created an atmosphere of acceptance and a place to belong. Read more in this document celebrating 10 years of the program.
How is it funded?
The Hockomock Area YMCA funds the Integration Initiative through an Association-wide gala event—Legends Ball, a premier golf event—Legends Golf Classic at TPC Boston, as well as through corporate and foundation grant awards. Additionally, the Integration Initiative is one of four, core strategic initiatives identified for support through our YMCA’s annual sustaining campaign, Reach Out For Youth & Families.
Thank you to our 2014 Legends sponsors and volunteers. Click here
Learn more about our Legends events and how to get involved.
Bernon Family Branch in Franklin: Amy Turner, email@example.com | 774.235.2722
Invensys Foxboro Branch: Barbara Manuelpillai, firstname.lastname@example.org | 508.772.1327
North Attleboro Branch: Amy Turner, email@example.com l 774.235.2722
Senior Director, Integration Initiative: Karen Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org l 508.643.5240