Introduction to Recreation Services for People With Disabilities, 4th Ed. [etext]

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Michael J. Mahon

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Introduction to Recreation Services for People With Disabilities continues to reflect a broad-based explanation of the role of practitioners in the interrelated fields of therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, and special recreation.

This fourth edition represents a major revision, including the most current research and thinking about the interdisciplinary fields of recreation and disability studies.

This book is intended to be an introductory text for all students in parks and recreation/leisure studies departments.

Every student, whether she or he intends to work in a provincial park or a state hospital, a community recreation center or a community mental health center, a public school or a cruise ship, needs a basic level of knowledge about people with disabilities.

The central theme of this book is that people with disabilities are people who have the same needs and wants as anyone else and deserve the right to be at the center of their services.

Each person with a disability is a person first, not a disability.  Recreation services must be centered around the person who is being served.

That is, whether treatment-oriented recreation therapy, goal-oriented special recreation, or activity-oriented inclusive recreation, it is the person and not the professional or even the activity that must be at the center of service delivery.

It is our hope that you will begin to see people with disabilities as people as you learn about recreation and therapeutic recreation services.

If you emerge from this book (or your class) with this person-centered knowledge, then you will have learned a lot about how to provide recreation services to people with disabilities.

Whether or not you happen to be a person with a disability, our more earnest hope is that you will emerge with a commitment to ensure that people with disabilities are treated as people who are at the center of their programs and services.

This means that you will become an advocate, maybe even a zealot, on behalf of people with disabilities.

You will encourage friends and colleagues to use “people-first” and respectful language.

You will refrain from jokes that perpetuate stereotypes.

You will be part of a new breed of recreation and therapeutic recreation professionals who celebrate differences and strive to provide person-centered and responsive services.

Table of Contents: 

About the Authors

Section I: Introduction to Disability Issues
1  Who Are People With Disabilities?
2  History of Treatment of People With Disabilities
3  Conceptual Cornerstones of Service Delivery
4  Legislation Related to People With Disabilities and Recreation
5  Discrimination, Barriers, and Accessibility
6  Special Recreation, Inclusive Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation Programs for People With Disabilities: An Overview

Section II: Disabling Conditions
7  Cross Disability Topics
8  People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
9  People With Physical Disabilities
10 People With Visual Impairments
11 People With Hearing Loss
12 People With Mental Illness

Section III: Delivery of Services
13  Inclusive Recreation
14  Therapeutic Recreation: The Profession of Therapeutic Recreation, the Practice of Recreational Therapy
15  Leisure Education
16  Sport and People With Disabilities
17  How Do I Stay Current?

Appendix A: The Americans with Disability Accessibility Guidelines Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

About the Author(s)

Charles C. Bullock

Charles C. (Charlie) Bullock is dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San Jose State University (SJSU).

During his professional career, Charlie has written, presented, and consulted extensively in the areas of special recreation, therapeutic recreation, integration and inclusion, reintegration, transition, leisure education, and disability and health.

His body of work has included numerous presentations, workshops, and lectures.

He has published over 100 articles, 63 in refereed journals. He has co-authored two books and numerous book chapters.

Michael J. Mahon

Michael J. (Mike) Mahon is president of the University of Lethbridge.

Dr. Mahon's research focuses on inclusion and people with intellectual disability and sport for development.

His body of work has included more than 250 presentations, workshops, lectures, and publications, including more than 90 articles in refereed journals, book chapters, and books.