The Role of a Disability-Specific Camp in Promoting Social Acceptance and Quality of Life for Youth With Hearing Impairments


  • Mary Ann Devine Kent State University
  • Jennifer Piatt Indiana University
  • Shay L. Dawson Bradford Woods/Indiana University



camp, social acceptance, health related quality of life, youth with hearing impairments


Social acceptance, a foundation for friendship development and social inclusion, occurs when there is equal status among individuals, regardless whether the individual has a disability or not. Disability-specific residential camps for youth with similar life experiences may be one environment where social acceptance occurs. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between social acceptance and health-related quality of life for youth attending a residential summer camp specifically designed for people with hearing impairments who have cochlear implants or hearing aids. Results indicated disability specific residential camps may have an impact on social acceptance and perceived health related quality of life.

Author Biographies

Mary Ann Devine, Kent State University

Devine is an Associate Professor whose research line includes examinations of inclusive leisure contexts, social justice and leisure for individuals with disabilities, and leisure education with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She teaches courses on inclusion and disability studies.

Jennifer Piatt, Indiana University

Piatt is an Assistant Professor and teaches courses on therapeutic recreation. Her line of research includes issues related to health related quality of life, therapeutic recreation, and individuals with disabilities

Shay L. Dawson, Bradford Woods/Indiana University

Dawson is the Executive Director of Bradford Woods Outdoor and Leadership Center and is an instructor at Indiana University, teaching in the area of therapeutic recreation






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