Inclusive Activities For Kids And The Kids At Heart
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Inclusive Activities For Kids And The Kids At Heart

Inclusive Activities For Kids And The Kids At Heart

Parenting | March 16, 2021
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As we continue to raise awareness for the differently abled community, here are some comprehensive activities to look into for everyone grown-ups to kids.

The first three months of the year is always a running start for advocates in the differently abled community. We kick off January with the Autism Society Philippines in bringing awareness to our neurodiverse Buddies through a week long celebration of Autism Awareness and finish it with the Angels Walk. Then, we celebrate all month long in February for National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month with the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines. And in March, we plan our own activities with Best Buddies Philippines for Best Buddies Month. COVID-19 and the pandemic has not changed these activities, as well as of celebrations or awareness campaigns, save for the fact that we have all gone virtual to keep everyone, especially the kids, safe.

Embracing digital

We have adjusted to meeting on Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Now, we know how to go live on both Instagram and Facebook, and even our Buddies are adept at registering digitally for our inclusive events. But being stuck inside as summer is fast approaching leaves me longing for the beach, missing the great outdoors, and wishing for more outdoor physical activities that we could do with the kids just to get them moving.

Community Building

Thankfully, with so many organizations leading the cause and advocating for our differently abled kids and young adults, we have quite a few activities to look forward to, when trying to keep our kiddos busy in fun, physical ways, and enjoying the company of others.

Here are three different organizations that manage and host online activities to check out for individuals of all abilities:

1. Autism Society Philippines

Since 2016, ASP PWEDAYs has offered enriching activities to learn new skills, exercise, and engage with other members. When life and daily living changed drastically in March of 2020, ASP was one of the first organizations to go digital with their events, offering daily activities for members and their families to join.

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Once kids went back to school, the daily activities shifted to once weekly, on Saturdays at two in the afternoon. ASP PWEday participants learn something new from a parent, or partner that shares a new skill, exercise, or recipe in these 30 minute jam packed sessions.

Visit: Autism Society Philippines

2. Special Olympics Philippines

Leading the way for inclusion through sports, Special Olympics keeps participants moving and grooving! Quick to react to the lockdown in March of 2020, Special Olympics Philippines mounted their first virtual event on March 20th.

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Sharing pre-recorded videos and eventually shifting to live teaching while collaborating with other orgs and coaches to make fitness fun for kids, and kids at heart, in the safety of their own homes can fill your physical calendar.

With five different activities to choose from that take place on various days of the week and month, participants can get their heart rate up while building on the foundation of sports, skills, and success while furthering their mission of giving individuals  with IDD the opportunity to demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families and the community.

Visit: Special Olympics Philippines for all the events you can participate in and their respective schedules.

3. BFIT Active Kids

This collaboration between BFIT Active Kids and Best Buddies Philippines offers participants of all ages and all abilities a jam packed, music filled workout that is a cross between dancing and circuit training at a steady pace.

Bringing together movement and strength training while adjusting to the needs and abilities of everyone in the virtual gathering, Coach Pepper from Bfit Active leads this lively gathering that happens every third Wednesday of the month.

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Bert Lozada Fitness Intelligence Training offers online Fitness Programs aligned with DepEd’s curricula for students in grades K through twelve. Their programs are designed for home schoolers and schools who want to outsource their online physical education program. Through their partnership with Best Buddies, individuals of all ages and abilities can get #StrongerTogether.

Visit: Bfit Active Buddies

With another year of online learning to prepare for and continued rising cases of COVID-19 infections, the kids will not be going anywhere anytime in the foreseeable future. All of us parents have to come together and help one another create more home-based programs and activities for differently abled kids of all ages, and help the ones that already exist with their amazing advocacies.

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