On March 6, 2017, approximately 30 Recreation and Leisure students at Fleming College had the opportunity to participate in a Time In My Shoes (TIMS) program designed specifically for them. They had the opportunity to navigate their school using vision simulation goggles and learning how to act as a sighted guide; they used wheelchairs to wheel through common spaces within the college; and also had the opportunity to play the Paralympic sport of boccia, using a ramp designed to allow for individuals with limited mobility to participate by instructing an assistant on how to position the ramp for the boccia ball to roll down.
They also had a culminating activity where they were given profiles of persons who lived with disabilities (based off of our own Ambassadors who were facilitating the program), small groups were then tasked with creating a recreation plan for the individual. This provided an opportunity to ask questions of the Ambassadors, and stretch their thinking on how to create inclusive programs for a range of abilities and interests. Students presented their plans at the end of the day to the larger group and had an opportunity to ask questions. They did a fantastic job, and the feedback we received from Fleming is that the TIMS program and our facilitators did too!