Inclusive Recreation for Transition-Age Youth: Promoting Self-Sufficiency, Community Inclusion, and Experiential Learning

Authors

  • Robin Kunstler
  • Ashleigh Thompson
  • Erin Croke

Keywords:

Transition-age youth, self-sufficiency, therapeutic recreation, inclusion, fitness, experiential learning

Abstract

Despite recent advances, youth with disabilities still face barriers to developing self-sufficiency for successful work outcomes and inclusive opportunities for participation in recreation, fitness, and sports. Developing replicable models to promote skill development for a variety of inclusive life settings is crucial. A successful program paired college students with teenagers with severe disabilities in a recreation program in a community setting. Positive outcomes related to employment, self-esteem, and social skills were reported for the youth, as well as valuable learning opportunities for the college students and the fostering of a successful inclusive environment in the community.

Published

2013-07-01

Issue

Section

Practice Perspective