Inclusive Services

A resource space for accommodations, community connections, and specialized programs for individuals with disabilities.

Bianca Posada, CTRS
Email the Program Director
(510) 597-5064
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ADA Accommodation Information for OPRYD Programs

ADA INCLUSION STATEMENT: The City of Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development (OPRYD) Department is fully committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please make accommodation requests at least 10 days prior to an event. Direct all inquiries concerning program and disability accommodation to the OPRYD Recreation Program Director of Inclusive Services, Bianca Posada, at 510.597.5064, bposada@oaklandca.gov, or call 711 for California Relay Service.

All participants have a right to enroll in the OPRYD program of their choice, so long as they meet the age and registration requirements of the program. If a participant has a disability or medical condition that may interfere with participation in the program, we can provide reasonable accommodations that may help alleviate the barriers.

Inclusion Intake Process:

1. Register for desired OPRYD program.

2. Reach out to Recreation Program Director of Inclusive Services, Bianca Posada (Contact info above).

3. Program Director will provide you with an Intake form. This form will focus on the needs, skills, and goals of the participant in regards to recreation.

4. Complete form, and email to bposada@oaklandca.gov, along with any other supporting documents such as IEP's or established strategies used at school or home.

5. Program Director will overlook form, and set up a family interview to discuss desired accommodations.

6. Program Director and family will meet with program coordinators to discuss Inclusion Plan, and ensure the staff are aware of accommodations in place.

7. Child will join in the program.

8. Staff will complete documentation forms to track progress of the accommodation, to help determine if changes need to be made.

9. After completion of program, family will complete a survey to determine if they felt the accommodation was successful or not.


We do not charge extra for accommodations, however if a 1:1 aide is required, we ask that families connect with Regional Center of the East Bay or other local resources that help with funding extra staff. Extra OPRYD recreation aides can assist with transitions, relaying directions, helping with focusing on projects, and modeling desired behaviors. Aides from outside organizations (United Cerebral Palsy, Regional Center of the East Bay, etc.) are also welcome.

Our staff do not offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but an ABA therapist from an outside organization may accompany your child.

At this time, we are unable to provide medical services or assist with toileting, however an aide from an outside organization with the proper training is more than welcome to accompany the participant to provide those services.

*If your child consistently exhibits behaviors that are harmful to themselves or other participants, and may require restraints, we may ask that they seek a more structured setting.

Program Information

Inclusion Office
Mosswood Recreation Center
3612 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Recreation Program Director - Bianca Posada, CTRS, bposada@oaklandca.gov, 510-597-5064
Office hours: Monday through Friday 10am - 2pm

Current Programs

  • Teen Inclusion Summer Escape serving students ages 13-22 enrolled in the OUSD Extended School Year Program. June 6th - July 1st 3:00pm-6:00pm. Participants will engage in classic summer camp activities that focus on art expression, STEM, fitness, and sports education.
  • Teen Inclusion Summer Camp serving teens and young adults, ages 13-22, with various disabilities. July 5th- July 29th 8:30am -6:00pm. Participants will experience classic summer camp activities, along with swimming, travel training, and cooking classes. Due to the specialized nature of this program spaces are limited so sign up today!
  • Register on cityofoakland.perfectmind.com. Inclusion Programs can be found under the tab "Special Programs & Events"


Recreation Therapy Internship Program

We currently are accepting students from California State University, Sacramento, looking to obtain their recreation therapy certification. Supervised by a CTRS (Certification ID #68389). Interested in learning more? Email Bianca Posada at bposada@oaklandca.gov to inquire.

Community Resources - More Coming Soon!

Ala Costa Centers

  • "We are here to contribute to the
    enrichment of lives of Children & adults with developmental disabilities
    Provide each youth and young adult at Ala Costa with the skills and opportunities they need to become successful and productive members of society."
  • Services offered include after school programs, transition programs, adult community trainings, and more.
  • Click here to learn more

Special Olympics Sports Opportunities

The Center for Independent Living, Inc.

  • "The Center for Independent Living provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large."
  • Learn more about the variety of programs they offer by clicking here

BORP

  • BORP provides sports, recreation and fitness programming for children, youth and adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments.
  • "BORP’s programs provide ongoing opportunities for PLAY and ADVENTURE, promote EMPOWERMENT and INDEPENDENCE, and foster an inclusive, diverse and welcoming COMMUNITY."
  • Click here to check out their programs

Special Skaters Adaptive Skating Program

  • The Oakland Ice Center/Sharks Ice proudly offers a learn to skate program which has been developed especially for athletes with special physical and developmental challenges. Emphasizing fun and safety, the Special Skater program helps to improve balance and coordination which promotes an "I can do it!" attitude that carries over into other aspects of the participant's life. With the assistance of volunteers, skaters develop skills, make new friends and experience a new found freedom and sense of accomplishment.
  • Family Fun Fridays 5:00pm - 5:45pm
  • Special Skaters Hockey Fridays at 6:00pm
  • Email Skating Manager David Hicks at dhicks@sharksice.com to learn more

Dimond Equine Services

  • Oakland City Stables offers opportunities for equine therapy with mini horses!
  • Contact Melanie to learn more
  • Click here to learn more

Night to Shine

  • A free event for individuals, ages 14 and up, to experience a prom-like event with a 1:1 buddy.
  • The prom includes a dance, food trucks, a karaoke room, a quiet room with art projects, therapy animals, and sensory activities, and so much more!
  • Click here to learn more

#RebuildMosswood

Help us rebuild Mosswood Recreation Center! Donate to Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation using the following link:

http://www.oaklandparks.org/news/donate-mosswood-recreation-center