This program is intended for people of all ages and life stages over the age of six. If you are using the program for children younger than ten or eleven, you will want to use the Alternate Activity in each workshop, which is designed with younger children in mind. The workshops are equally suitable for first-time visitors and long-time congregational members. Facilitators should be attentive to the differences in developmental stage, knowledge, and life experience that participants bring to the group.
Workshops can accommodate any number of participants, although the program will be most effective if there are at least four people in each breakout group. You will want to adjust the number of breakout options offered according to the size of your group. You will also want recruit from among the participants a leader for each breakout group. It is best to recruit group leaders in advance so that they can familiarize themselves with the instructions for the activity. When recruiting group leaders, be sure to consider junior and senior youth as group leaders.
People with obvious and not-so-obvious disabilities may need accommodation in order to participate fully. As a facilitator, you may not be aware of a participant's needs. In addition to accommodating the accessibility needs of participants who request them, you are urged to follow these basic Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters for every activity:
The Unitarian Universalist Association website and staff can offer guidance for including people with specific disabilities; consult the Disability and Accessibility section of the UUA website. In addition, some workshop activities suggest specific adaptation under the heading, "Including All Participants."
Participants bring a wide range of learning styles and information processing preferences. With this in mind, the workshops offer a variety of activities. Review each workshop's Alternate Activities. Plan each workshop to best suit your group.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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