Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Learn about New Inclusion Strategies

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Learn about New Inclusion Strategies

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Recreation professionals must be well-versed in inclusion techniques and well-equipped to meet the needs of people with disabilities in regular programs. Training about people with varying abilities and how to support them in regular programming should be provided to all staff, including supervisors, program leaders, and volunteers. Several resources are currently available to assist agencies in learning about inclusive practices. A sampling of these resources is presented below, in alphabetical order by first author, along with a brief description of content and contact numbers to order copies and to request further information.

a Inclusion: Strategies for Including People With Disabilities in Parks and Recreation Opportunities by Lynn Anderson, Carla Brown, and Patricia Soli (North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department; University of North Dakota). This manual provides a comprehensive, practical resource for training recreation staff about people with disabilities and inclusion strategies. To order, call 701/328-5361.

Inclusive Leisure Services: Responding to the Rights of People With Disabilities by John Dattilo (Venture Publishing. This book outlines strategies to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities by involving them in leisure services. To order, call 814/234-4561

Making Friends: Using Recreation Activities to Promote Friendship Between Children With and Without Disabilities by Linda Heyne, Stuart J. Schleien, and Leo McAvoy (Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota). …

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