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Introduction to the Special Issue: Opportunities and Challenges for Therapeutic Recreation in a Digital World

Shannon Hebblethwaite


The proliferation of digital media and the evolution of assistive technologies, virtual spaces, and new forms of leisure engagement raise key questions about the changing nature of therapeutic recreation and social justice. We are privy today to an astonishing range of new cultural spaces involving social activism, electronic blogs, social networking, and opportunities to gain knowledge of diverse leisure opportunities. These varied technologies have the potential to benefit marginalized individuals and communities, but they may also be challenging and problematic.

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