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Feature Issue on Social Inclusion Through Recreation for Persons with Disabilities
Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Volume 16 Number 2 Summer 2003
From the Editors
While recent decades have witnessed a significant increase in the participation of persons with developmental and other disabilities in regular education classrooms and community workplaces, participation and inclusion are not the same thing. Many individuals with disabilities learn, work, and live alongside nondisabled peers, but too often they have little social connection to and few friendships with those around them. This issue of Impact proposes that one way to increase social inclusion is for individuals with and without disabilities to play together.
Recreation programs have a number of characteristics that make them ideal places for individuals with disabilities to experience social inclusion and friendship building. The articles in this issue describe those characteristics, strategies for making use of them to enhance the opportunities for meaningful and ongoing social connections between participants with and without disabilities, and barriers to recreation participation that must be addressed.
The opportunity to play with others helps maintain physical, emotional, psychological, and social well-being for us all. Through reading this Impact it is our hope that recreation, education, and community services professionals, along with families and individuals with disabilities, will find additional ways in which everyone can experience those benefits.
Feeling Good and Having Fun: Ben's Story (sidebar)
Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord
- Lauren Lieberman Department of Adapted Physical Education State University of New York Brockport, New York
- Brian Abery Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Greg Lais Wilderness Inquiry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCE), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0506/01 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B980047 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.
The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Lieberman, L., Abery, B., and Lais, G. (Eds.). (2003). Impact: Feature Issue on Social Inclusion Through Recreation for Persons with Disabilities, 16(2) [online]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available from http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/162.
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