Hey Volunteers! We have tried to make this event accessible to all families. So, here are some thoughts from our Unlimited Special Needs ministry for how to make it happen.
Just relax and be flexible and patient as you might with any situation when you find someone can’t fully participate. Expect that you will have people who need assistance and some older than 13 who are really young at heart. Follow the lead of parents and the buddies on how to adjust. Finally, remember, just giving effort to honor all of our guests is enough.
Here are some specific ways we have made the event accessible to all:
- Each guest will be offered a buddy upon request of the parent.
- Parents will be informed of expedited line option; If a guest is struggling with the long line, the parent or the buddy can walk near the front of the line. You do not have to incorporate them immediately, but try to work them in within the next three guests.
- Egg Hunt adjustments:
- Outdoors there will be different lengths of grass so buddies/parents can use judgement on most appropriate depending on mobility of guest, wheelchair, etc. Buddies can assist guests or have extra eggs to offer them if they aren’t able to move as fast as others. We have created an indoor space appropriate for those who may be bothered by noise, crowds, bright light, etc. Game Adjustments Sack Race- Depending on mobility of guest, buddies may have to hold their hands, help support them, etc. If guest is in wheelchair, can attempt to slip the sack of their legs and buddy can push the wheelchair to race. Ring Toss- may need to move the guest closer to target or help guide them with tosses. Coloring station and Bracelets- Buddy or parent will help guest as needed. Ensure they are set up appropriately. Offer a chair to sit while completing activity. Egg Race with spoon: If guest uses a wheelchair, set them up with their spoon and buddy can push the chair. If guest cannot keep egg on spoon, use a rubber band to keep egg in spoon