Policy Analysis of Physical Activity Policies and Recommendations for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Residing in Group Homes


  • Amy Chaffee Campbell-Savona Central School District, NY
  • Cathy MacDonald State University of New York at Cortland
  • Rebecca Bryan State University of New York at Cortland
  • John Foley State University of New York at Cortland


Physical activity, state policy, intellectual disability, group homes


Individuals with an intellectual disability residing in group homes tend to be inactive and staff often do not monitor physical activity. The purpose of the study was to determine which states, if any, have policies or recommendations regarding physical activity or recreation for individuals with intellectual disability residing in group homes. A 4-step process was used to collect information regarding policies or recommendations for physical activity and recreation in group homes. State offices of developmental disability services for all 50 states were contacted. Of the 30 responses from state representatives, none indicated clear policies or recommendations, but some shared individual service plans outlining requirements for physical activity or recreation. The findings demonstrate the need for policies and recommendations for physical activity and recreation for individuals with an intellectual disability residing in group homes. Specifically, aligning to the World Health Organization Physical Activity Guidelines.





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