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Play Your Way: Recreation Benefits to Individuals with Disabilities

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Melissa Henson

on 26 November 2013

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Transcript of Play Your Way: Recreation Benefits to Individuals with Disabilities

Play Your Way:
Recreation Benefits to Individuals with Disabilities

Barriers
Lack of resources
Accessibility
Finances
Perception
Feeling like an outsider
Depression/social anxiety
Lack of support
Physical limitations
Recreation is a Part of Life
We all know "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" and that it's important to make leisure time and recreation a part of our everyday lives. Recreation is not specific to certain types of people. Anyone and everyone can benefit from it, especially those with disabilities.
"It is a happy talent to know how to play"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Benefits
There are numerous benefits to
persons with disabilities participating
in recreation, the top 3 are
Physical
Social
Psychological
Physical Health Benefits
Perhaps the most obvious benefit to recreation
Control weight
Prevent/reduce risk of chronic disease and conditions
Maintain healthy, active lifestyle
Social Benefits
Promote social skills
Increase social interactions and opportunities
Friends = happiness
Psychological Benefits
Buffer negative affect/increase positive affect
Reduce stress
Increase self-confidence
Coping mechanism
Promote positive well-being
Family/Friends
"Right fit"
Alignment with needs, interests, desires, resources
Accessibility/Universal Design
Intrinsic factors
Adaptability
Supports
Conclusion
People with disabilities can especially benefit from recreation, if all the right supports and resources are evident. With specific physical, social, and psychological benefits, individuals with disabilities need not live life as outsiders.
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