Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Shaping Recreation for Everyone

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Shaping Recreation for Everyone

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Dr. Anne Simonsen has high hopes for recreation diversity and inclusion.

Name: Anne Simonsen, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of recreation and leisure studies. Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Gallaudet University

Member Since: 1973

Dr. Anne Simonsen lives what she teaches as a professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a college for the deaf and hard of hearing. Her message is that recreation provides benefits for everyone. And she's vocal with this idea, explaining her involvement up and down the ranks of NRPA and its branches. Simonsen is currently a member of the NRPA Board of Trustees and chairs its Professional Development Committee. She previously chaired what is now known as the board's Diversity Committee and served as the president and a board member for the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. She has also served on the boards of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, the Mid-Eastern Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund and Camp Mark Seven for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Her efforts all point to forming a comfortable environment for recreation inclusion. "People can relate best when they are in a situation they enjoy-we tend to accept others more easily and readily under these circumstances," she says of inclusive recreation.

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"I am proudest when a former student is successful at whatever she or he wanted to do, such as when a former student, program participant, client or a colleague tells me that I made a difference for him or her. …

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