Inclusive and Special Recreation, 5th ed.

Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
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Author(s): Ralph W. Smith
David R. Austin
Dan W. Kennedy
Youngkhill Lee
Peggy Hutchison

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Inclusive and Special Recreation emphasizes the value of inclusive recreation opportunities for all people. The book combines an optimistic approach with a strong conceptual foundation grounded in current research. Case studies of inclusive recreation programs in the United States and Canada are included, along with practical advice geared to helping recreation personnel design and implement programs that provide optimal inclusion for persons with disabilities.

About the Author(s)

Ralph W. Smith

Dr. Ralph Smith is Professor Emeritus and a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Smith specializes in the areas of inclusive programming for individuals with disabilities, attitudes toward disability, and disability adjustment.

In addition to over 25 years of university teaching experience, during which he received two teaching awards, Dr. Smith’s background includes directing the internship program for the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State and also for the Department of Recreation at the University of Maryland–College Park.

He has supervised countless interns and mentored students preparing for their professional careers.

He wrote the first curriculum for an internship preparation course at Penn State that has been taught for over two decades and is still taught today.

Dr. Smith earned his PhD from Penn State University in Recreation and Leisure in 1984.

Dr. Smith’s MS and BA were in Physical Education from the University of Illinois and Western Maryland College, respectively.

He is medically retired from the U.S. Army due to combat wounds incurred while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

David R. Austin

Dr. Austin’s research has focused upon the social psychology of recreational therapy and professional preparation. Topics of over 140 publications have included attitudes toward serving persons with disabilities, burnout, and recreational therapy curricula.

He is the author or coauthor of five widely used textbooks:

Dr. Austin produced 23 instructional videos through the federally funded Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) Project, and he is author of the Health Protection/Health Promotion Model of Practice. Dr. Austin has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Leisure Research, Schole, Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, and Leisure Today.

He is a past president of ATRA, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, as well as a past member of the NRPA Board of Trustees. Dr. Austin is a fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences and a founding fellow of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists.

He is the only individual to have received the NTRS Distinguished Service Award, the ATRA Distinguished Fellow Award, and the SPRE Distinguished Fellow Award. He has been awarded Indiana University‘s highest teaching award, the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He has been named to the Union College Hall of Fame and was presented the Brightbill Award by the University of Illinois. In 1998, Dr. Austin received the NRPA Literary Award.

Dr. Austin participates in Ask the Author, a Sagamore initiative that enables professors who adopt titles to communicate with the author and really understand what the book is about and how any ancillaries are intended to be used.

Youngkhill Lee

Youngkhill Lee is a Professor at Calvin College, teaching therapeutic recreation as well as some general core courses in recreation. He has published approximately 100 articles in the topics of rehabilitation, recreation therapy, leisure, and aging. He is an Associate Editor for Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Services, and The Open Rehabilitation Journal. He is co-author of a textbook entitled Inclusive and Special Recreation: Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (5th edition). He is a recipient of American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Scholarly Achievement Award (2002) and National Therapeutic Recreation Society’s Professional Research Award (1998). His research interests include posttraumatic growth, everyday life of people with physical disabilities, and Christian faith of people with disabilities.

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