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Project Title

The Accessibility of Adaptive Recreation in Kentucky

Presenter Information

Christy ColeFollow
Miranda Gay

Presenter Hometown

Richmond

Major

Recreation & Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Dr. Brian Clark

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

Recreation is critical to the wellbeing of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. By bringing people together through the act of play participants are given opportunities which enhance their overall fundamental development. The social stigma and physical barriers persons with disabilities endure from society can be addressed and overcome through the power of play. Research shows the ability to play goes far beyond the simple act of playing and is intrinsic in value to all people. By adapting various sports and activities to accommodate individuals with disabilities more emphasis has been placed on exploring activities and sports once better suited for others. This promotes inclusion, emotional stability, physical health benefits, and successful social development. Participants in adaptive sports programs witness teamwork, see an increase of self-esteem, and overall improved quality of life. Awareness to bring adaptive sports programs and facilities to Kentucky is a necessity. The collective literature identified the importance of accessible recreation as well the availability of accessible recreational opportunities specifically comparing those within our surrounding states. Additionally, Qualitative methodology in the form of interviews was conducted investigating the adaptive recreation opportunities within our state. Our research concluded federal legislation and various associations show marked improvement in providing accessibility to adaptive equipment in public venues throughout Kentucky. However, the state is still behind nationally in adaptive recreation. Steps must be taken to both improve the reason Kentucky lags in this area and address the necessary changes to prevent this from occurring in the future.

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The Accessibility of Adaptive Recreation in Kentucky

Recreation is critical to the wellbeing of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. By bringing people together through the act of play participants are given opportunities which enhance their overall fundamental development. The social stigma and physical barriers persons with disabilities endure from society can be addressed and overcome through the power of play. Research shows the ability to play goes far beyond the simple act of playing and is intrinsic in value to all people. By adapting various sports and activities to accommodate individuals with disabilities more emphasis has been placed on exploring activities and sports once better suited for others. This promotes inclusion, emotional stability, physical health benefits, and successful social development. Participants in adaptive sports programs witness teamwork, see an increase of self-esteem, and overall improved quality of life. Awareness to bring adaptive sports programs and facilities to Kentucky is a necessity. The collective literature identified the importance of accessible recreation as well the availability of accessible recreational opportunities specifically comparing those within our surrounding states. Additionally, Qualitative methodology in the form of interviews was conducted investigating the adaptive recreation opportunities within our state. Our research concluded federal legislation and various associations show marked improvement in providing accessibility to adaptive equipment in public venues throughout Kentucky. However, the state is still behind nationally in adaptive recreation. Steps must be taken to both improve the reason Kentucky lags in this area and address the necessary changes to prevent this from occurring in the future.