Inclusive Leisure Services, 4th Ed. [ebook]

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Author(s): John Dattilo

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In Inclusive Leisure Services (4th ed.), John Dattilo discusses the importance of including all people in leisure services, offering an educational model for learning about considerations and strategies to promote inclusive leisure services.

He begins each chapter with an orientation activity including questions to stimulate reflection on the topic.

He then introduces the chapter topic, followed by a rich discussion including examples from research studies and quotes from inside and outside the leisure field.

To end each chapter, he offers final thoughts and discussion questions, allowing the reader to review the material, identify important points, and problem solve.

He divides the book into six sections beginning with developing an awareness of ethics, inclusion, barriers, and legislation relevant to inclusive leisure services.

The next three sections provide strategies to promote social, psychological, and physical leisure engagement for everyone.

In the fifth section and throughout the book, Dattilo encourages readers to consider and endorse people’s culture (e.g., ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation), embrace their abilities, sustain healthy aging, address their economic resources, and support each individual and their family.

The final section helps the reader learn about people, inclusion, and specific disabilities.

Inclusive Leisure Services is a well-thought-out book based on Dattilo’s own experiences as a person within society and as a leisure service practitioner, his discoveries as a clinician and researcher, his reflections of relevant literature, and his observations of the operative assumptions within the leisure profession.

Table of Contents: 

Section A: Develop Awareness

Chapter 1: Be Ethical

Chapter 2: Celebrate Inclusive Leisure

Chapter 3: Understand Sociological Barriers

Chapter 4: Consider Psychological and Physical Barriers

Chapter 5: Uphold Human and Civil Rights (with Ben Hickerson)

Chapter 6: Follow the Americans With Disabilities Act

Section B: Promote Social Engagement

Chapter 7: Enhance Our Attitude

Chapter 8: Improve Others’ Attitudes

Chapter 9: Use Sensitive Terms (with Amy Lorek)

Chapter 10: Nurture Positive Contact

Chapter 11: Be an Advocate and Ally for Equity

Section C: Inspire Psychological Engagement

Chapter 12: Encourage Self-Determination

Chapter 13: Provide Leisure Education

Section D: Foster Physical Engagement

Chapter 14: Implement Universal  Design

Chapter 15: Make Adaptations

Section E: Consider Perspectives to Facilitate Engagement

Chapter 16: Endorse Culture

Chapter 17: Embrace People’s Abilities

Chapter 18: Sustain Healthy Aging

Chapter 19: Address Economic Resources (with David Scott)

Chapter 20: Support Families

Section F: Learn About People, Inclusion, and Disability

Chapter 21: People, Inclusion, and Physical Limitations

Chapter 22: People, Inclusion, and Cognitive Limitations

Chapter 23: People, Inclusion, and Sensory Limitations

Chapter 24: People, Inclusion, and Assistive Technology

About the Author(s)

John Dattilo

John Dattilo is professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University.

He teaches courses and authors textbooks associated with leisure education, therapeutic recreation facilitation techniques, and inclusive leisure.

Throughout his career, initially as a clinician and then as a researcher, John works to understand behaviors and perceptions of diverse individuals so that he and his colleagues might develop ways of assisting them to negotiate constraints to their leisure and find enjoyment and meaning in their lives.