Leisure & Recreation Strategies

The phrase 'quality of life' is often used to describe goals for students with disabilities after they exit a secondary/postsecondary program, but what does it really mean? In most instances, it refers to not only the physical aspect of life, but to the intangible aspect of having a good time, experiencing fun things, and maintaining a positive outlook on life. Planning for a 'good quality of life,' especially for students with more significant disabilities, needs to include the area of leisure and recreation.

Kleinert, Miracle, & Shepard-Jones (2007) gave the following ideas for including high school students in extracurricular school and community activities:

There are several strategies that can be used to encourage student participation in school and community activities which include:

Public legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1992 provide information to various stakeholders on how to support persons with disabilities. These laws reflect the principle that people with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities as their peers without disabilities. These opportunities include the right to enjoy work, recreation and leisure and other "quality of life" experiences available in our society.

References

Kleinert, H., Miracle, S, & Sheppard-Jones, K (2007). Including students with moderate and severe disabilities in extracurricular and community recreation activities, steps to success. Teaching Exceptional Children, July/August 2007

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