ERIC Number: ED335194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Recreation and the Outdoor Educator: A Means of Integration for People with Physical Disabilities.
Recreation can play an important role in the rehabilitation process for disabled persons by building self-esteem within the disabled and creating feelings of admiration and acceptance within a community. Because of the diversity of the disabled population, they have no collective identity. Participation in recreational activities can give the disabled an identity, provide a sense of belonging, and help to generate life purpose and meaning. The staggering costs of supporting handicapped individuals can be reduced by rehabilitating disabled people so they may be employed. Recreation can serve as a stepping stone to the world of work by providing challenging opportunities in wild environments, which are a positive setting for developing many of the emotional, social, and intellectual skills that work demands. Individuals become more receptive to attitude change when participating in recreation. By observing disabled people participating in recreation, community attitudes toward the disabled become more positive. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Outdoor Recreation
Note: In: Employee Preparation towards 2001. National Conference for Outdoor Leaders, Public, Commercial, and Non-Profit Partnerships. 1990 Conference Proceedings; see RC 018 274.