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

Robin Kunstler, Ashleigh Thompson, Erin Croke


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.


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

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