Inclusion Support Services

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation welcomes individuals of all abilities to participate in all programs and activities.


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All programs offered by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation encourage participation by a diverse population, accommodate those with varying abilities, and support diverse learning styles. When participants require additional support, our Inclusion Specialists develop accommodation plans and provide other assistance as appropriate.​

 Our Services

We offer reasonable accommodations to enable an individual's successful participation in our programs and services. To access this service, complete an​ Inclusion, Accommodation & Special Needs Request Form​ and email to princlusionservices@vbgov.com​. Once we receive the request, an Inclusion Specialist will call you to obtain additional information and begin the process.

Inclusion, Accommodation & Special Needs Request Form

Is an accommodation required to participate in a program?

No, federal law prohibits us from demanding that you submit a request; however, it is important to realize that all participants (no matter what their abilities) are required to meet the minimum participation guidelines and desired behavior expectations of a program (check with the program’s supervisor to see what these are). An accommodation assists staff in creating an environment where the participant can have a successful and enjoyable recreation experience.

What are some common accommodations?

  • ​Use of adapted equipment 
  • Adaptations to program games / activities
  • Behavior management charts / individualized techniques
  • Use of visual aids
  • Partial participation 

​Do you provide a one to one staff?

No, this is not a therapeutic environment – depending on the program or situation, we may add a staff above ratio to ensure that all participant’s needs are being met.  Program and participant safety is our main concern.

 Our Mission

  • To provide services to the City’s diverse communities by assuring accessibility for all citizens to quality programs, public spaces and parks.
  • Increase social capital by connecting the citizens to their communities through shared investment in the creation and delivery of positive developmental experiences.
  • Support internal and external customers through consultation, bridging resources, promoting universal programming, inclusivity, youth development and utilizing volunteers.

 Our Staff


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Colleen Brennan | Recreation Coordinator | Therapeutic Recreation Programs & Inclusion Services
Received a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Science with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Montclair State University.  Colleen has over 40 years of experience in the field of working with individuals with special needs, 28 of those years in the field of recreation. She is a speaker and trainer on topics such as Americans with Disabilities Act, Creating Naturally Inclusive Environments, Behavior Management, Leading using Strengths and specific disability awareness. Colleen received her certification as an ADA Coordinator. Colleen is also a member of the City’s Inclusion and Diversity   Council.  Colleen enjoys spending her free time with her family, and 3 dogs (Gus, Phoebe and Gunnar), listening to Jimmy Buffett, fishing and playing golf.

cbrennan@vbgov.com | 385-0444 


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Kathy Williams, CTRS | Recreation Supervisor | Therapeutic Recreation Programs & Inclusion Services

Kathy graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with over 35 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She began working with Therapeutic Recreation Programs as a part time staff in 1985. Kathy is trained in group facilitation, serves as a speaker/trainer on various topics related to disability awareness, inclusive programming, and staff development. She is actively involved with other organizations that include Virginia Beach 4-H Summer Youth Camp Program, Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS), and serves on the Southeast Recreation Therapy Symposium Board of Directors. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, photobooths, and exploring new places.

kdwillia@vbgov.com | 385-5964

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​Dawn Candia | Recreation Specialist II | Inclusion Services | Inclusion Specialist for Williams Farm Recreation Center and Seatack Recreation Center 

Dawn has worked with the City of Virginia Beach, Department of Parks & Recreation for 30 years. She has worked with Therapeutic Recreation, Out-of-School Time and currently Inclusion Services. She is a trainer for ADHD & Universal Programming/YPQI. In her free-time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Baseball (Go Nats!) and learning about holistic approaches to wellness. 

dmcandia@vbgov.com | 385-6256 


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​Bill Parker, CTRS | Recreation Specialist II | Therapeutic Recreation Programs 

Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Longwood College. He has over 20 years of experience working in community parks and recreation, with the majority in Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Bill gained invaluable experience through jobs in mental health/substance abuse and residential treatment settings prior to employment with the City of Virginia Beach. He is a certified instructor in the Mandt System and teaches staff the relational and technical skills of this curriculum.  Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and watching baseball/fast pitch softball.


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​Becky Foreman | Recreation Specialist I | Inclusion Specialist for Kempsville Recreation Center

Becky earned a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Longwood College. She has been employed in the field for 33 years in a variety of settings including residential treatment, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and community recreation. She began her career with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation in 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys doing home improvement projects, gardening, and working on her koi pond.

bforeman@vbgov.com | 385-6442


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Brett Gordon | Recreation Specialist I | Inclusion Specialist for Bayside Recreation Center
Brett has a Bachelor of Science from Longwood University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University. He has been with the City of Virginia Beach for 5 years, 4 years as an Inclusion Specialist and 1 year as an Inclusion Support Staff. Additionally, Brett serves as a lead for the city’s Unity Team and the unit’s Physical Disabilities, Universal Programming, and Play It Fair! trainings. Prior to his employment with the city, Brett has worked as a direct care attendant, ropes course facilitator, and Challenger Baseball assistant coach. In his free time, Brett enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, and going to the beach.

bgordon@vbgov.com | 385-5952


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Caitlyn Hall, CTRS | Recreation Specialist I | Therapeutic Recreation Programs & Inclusion Services

Caitlyn is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Recreation and Leisure studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. She completed her internship in the community setting with Norfolk TR. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and is also currently certified as a Water Safety Instructor. She started as a volunteer with Virginia Beach’s TR Programs and then held positions as both an activity assistant leader and leader. She co-leads the unit’s trainings on ADHD and Autism. Her favorite programs to work with are Learn-to-Swim and summer camp. When not working, she enjoys going to the beach, playing soccer, cheering for the Auburn Tigers and the Atlanta Braves, and spending time with family, friends, and her dogs Beau and Honey (or any dog really).

cbhall@vbgov.com | 385-5968


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Casey King, CTRS | Recreation Specialist I | Therapeutic Recreation Programs & Inclusion Services 

Casey has a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. He has been working/volunteering with children with special needs since his freshman year of college. He got his passion for the profession from his mother who was a CTRS at VB Psych. He has a background of working in a behavioral health setting as well as community recreation. He has worked part-time for Therapeutic Recreation Programs in all of their programs and was an All Camp Leader for Camp Explore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach, watching & playing baseball, golfing with his dad, traveling, and spending time with his family & friends.

ckking@vbgov.com | 385-5966


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​Megan Montagne | Recreation Specialist I | Inclusion Specialist for Great Neck Recreation Center 

Megan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is a retired professional modern dancer with Todd Rosenlieb Dance where she was also a Mixed Abilities in Motion (MixMo) Instructor. As an instructor, she co-created an annual performance opportunity for Southeastern Virginia Training Center residents. Megan started as a Support Staff in 2018 before accepting the Inclusion Service’s Leader position the following year. She is a graduate of the Department’s Part-Time Career Enhancement Program (PTCEP) and now serves on the PTCEP and LGBTQ+ Teams. Megan enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Ollie. She also loves traveling, reading, and beach days.

mamontagne@vbgov.com | 385-5973 

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Jordan Vaughan | Recreation Specialist I | Inclusion Specialist for Princess Anne Recreation Center 

Jordan is a graduate of Old Dominion University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology & Special Education. Before starting her career as an Inclusion Specialist in Parks & Recreation, she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician implementing behavior plans for children on the Autism Spectrum. Within her role as Inclusion Specialist, she is a Certified Inclusivity Assessor and the trainer for the Autism and Behavior Support staff trainings. She authors social stories for participants and loves the challenge of making Department special events more inclusive. Her favorite part of being an Inclusion Specialist is witnessing individuals with varied abilities successfully participate & have fun in our programs.

jvaughan@vbgov.com | 385-6197 

Our staff are working together to provide inclusion services for Bow Creek Recreation Center, please call 757-385-2965 for assistance for services at this center. 



 Customer Reviews

"Overall, I have been very pleased with the care my son is receiving in the program. He had a private-duty nurse for several years, and I was hesitant to put him in a program with other, normally-developing children. But, he has flourished in the program, and I believe that the other children have also benefitted from having a differently-abled child involved in their activities. They all look out for my son just as much as the staff does. They have all taken the time to learn about my son's abilities and to figure out how to incorporate him into daily activities."
-Rebecca G.​​​​​​​​
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