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Impact Feature Issue on Social Inclusion Through Recreation for Persons with Disabilities

Resources for Further Information

  • The Inclusion Notebook: Recreational Opportunities Issue(Winter 2003). A 12-page newsletter issue focusing on involving children with disabilities in recreational activities. Includes a pull-out page on how to make accommodations for children with disabilities in recreational activities. Available from the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Connecticut.
  • National Center on Accessibility. A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the center promotes access for people with disabilities to recreation through offering technical assistance, resources, and training. Online resources include full-text monographs on topics such as activity adaptation, and making trails and campgrounds accessible.
  • Institute Brief: Recreation in the Community(vol 1, no. 1, 1999). A publication in the Institute Brief series from the Institute for Community Inclusion (UCEDD), Boston. This brief shares successful strategies used by community recreation providers to increase inclusive recreation opportunities for all. It includes checklists on outreach and advertising, activity modification, staff training, challenging behaviors, and encouraging friendships, among other topics. 
  • North Carolina Office on Disability and Health Web Site. The site promotes the health and wellness of people with disabilities and offers a range of publications on topics including strategies to make health clubs and fitness facilities more accessible, and a step-by-step guide for individuals with disabilities to use in making personal recreation plans.
  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Web Site.The center, a collaborative effort of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Indiana University National Center on Accessibility, believes “exercise is for EVERY body.” The Web site provides resources that support people with disabilities becoming as physically active as they wish. It includes stories, articles, resources, monographs, and a monthly e-mail newsletter.
  • Yes I Can Social Inclusion Program(1997). By B. Abery et al. A 20-module curriculum fostering the social inclusion of junior and senior high school students with disabilities through shared classroom and recreation activities with peers. Available from the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.
  • Barriers to Inclusion of Volunteers with Developmental Disabilities(2003). By K. D. Miller, S.J. Schleien, and L.A. Bedini. Journal of Volunteer Administration, 21(1), 25-30. An article presenting results of a national study exploring the prevalence of volunteers with developmental disabilities in nonprofit agencies, and the perceived barriers to and benefits of their inclusion from the perspective of volunteer coordinators. Proactive strategies are proposed for improving the inclusion of volunteers with disabilities.
  • Camp Abilities Web Site.The Web site of Camp Abilities, a developmental sports camp for children who are blind, deaf-blind or multi-handicapped, includes extensive information on how to teach children with visual impairments in physical education settings.
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Web Site. The site includes wide-ranging resources related to recreation for persons with and without disabilities.