A Procedure for Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community Recreation Integration Program


  • Frederick P. Green
  • Valerie DeCoux


Spina Bifida, Community Integration, Evaluation, Participation, Social Acceptance, Basketball


In this case study, an 8-year-old child with spina bifida was integrated into a competitive community basketball program with his nondisabled peers. Program directors, parents and the authors collaborated to modify the rules ofthe basketball league in order to promote the inclusion of this child who used a wheelchair for mobility. Evaluation procedures were designed to measure the extent of the client's participation on the team, the extent of his contribution to team success, and the extent of his social acceptance by his teammates. This paper focuses on the procedures used to evaluate the effectiveness of the integration strategies.



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