Women with Disabilities and the Challenges to Leisure Service Providers


  • Leandra A. Bedini
  • Karla A. Henderson


Accessibility, symbolic interactionism, parks and recreation, integration, attitudes.


The purpose of the study was to explore the lives of women with disabilities to ascertain the implications for parks, recreation, and leisure providers. lndepth qualitative interviews were used to encourage women with disabi~ities to talk about their lives .and the meanings of leisure. Symbolic interactionism provided the framework for conducting this study. A theoretical sampling technique was used to interview 30 women with varying physical disabilities. For the women in this study, experiencing leisure and participating in recreation activities appeared to be highly dependent on the internal meanings of leisure as well as the external social responsiveness of their communities. Although leisure service providers cannot necessarily address the internal, personal components that may prevent women with disabilities from participating in leisure services, they can undertake socially responsive initiatives to make external components in the environment more accessible, psychologically and socially comfortable, and available for both females and males with disabilities.





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