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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.

What's Inside

Overview Articles

Strengthening Relationships and Bodies: Social Inclusion Through Recreation

Social Inclusion Through Recreation: What's the Connection?

Where to Build Relationships Through Recreation (sidebar)

The Meaning of Social Experiences in Recreation Settings

Community Recreation Programming to Facilitate Social Inclusion: Rules of Thumb

Recreation Inclusion Today and Tomorrow: The Role of Policies and Funding

Advocating for Inclusion: Strategies for Individuals (sidebar)

Ideas for Encouraging Children's Friendships Through Recreation

How to Set the Stage for Building Relationships (sidebar)

Supporting Social and Recreational Choice-Making By Adults with Disabilities

Identifying Individual Recreation Interests (sidebar)

Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Meeting Social and Recreation Needs

Solving Organizational Barriers to Inclusion Using Education, Creativity, and Teamwork

Checking Program Social Inclusion Potential (sidebar)

Quality Indicators of Inclusive Recreation Programs: A National Youth Service Example

Program Profiles

Social Inclusion Through Recreation: The Wilderness Inquiry Approach

Making Possibilities for People with Disabilities: Challenge Aspen

From Participant to Intern: Katie's Story (sidebar)

One District's Success with Inclusion and Recreation: "Yes I Can" in Santa Clarita

Building Recreation Skills to Support Inclusion: Camp Abilities

Feeling Good and Having Fun: Ben's Story (sidebar)

Supporting Inclusion in Community Recreation: Perkins School for the Blind

Resources for Further Information

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

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.

For additional copies or information contact:

Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612/624-4512

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