Accessible Recreation
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Agencies, programs, theories, and professional opportunities associated with recreation for the disabled. Practical methods emphasized.
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed as a professional foundations course in Special Populations. The three primary goals of the course are to give the student: (1) an understanding of Special Populations individuals; (2) an understanding of the role of recreation and leisure in the life of Special Populations; and (3) a knowledge of the field of therapeutic recreation service
OBJECTIVES: 1. To identify personal and professional attitudes in providing recreation services to people with disabilities
2. To study the nature and need for accessible recreation services
3. To understand the basic needs of individuals with disabilities as they relate to recreation and leisure
4. To identify a variety of programs delivery models that serve the needs of individuals with disabilities
5. To understand the challenges and barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in daily living
6. To gain an understanding of local, state, and federal legislation regulations related to providing recreation services to people with disabilities. Particular attention is given to the Americans with Disabilities Act
7. To be introduced to the concept of the role of the recreation professional as an advocate for the leisure and human rights and services for people with disabilities in the least restricting environment
8. To gain an understanding of current trends in the provision of leisure services to people with disabilities
9. To introduce students to the history, philosophy and development of Therapeutic Recreation
Required: Inclusive and Special Recreation: Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities by Kennedy, Austin, and Smith. 4th Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1996

1. Readings: Each student will be required to hand in 5 selected readings. The readings may be taken from periodicals, magazines, chapters of books, pamphlets, newspapers, etc. The readings are to be handed in on 8.5 x 11 paper along with the following typed information in a one page paper: (20 points each/100 Total)
∑ Your name
∑ Title of Reading
∑ One Paragraph Reading Summary
∑ One Paragraph Personal Critique
∑ Bibliographic Data

2. Video Critique & Presentation: Persons with disabilities often appear and are portrayed in todayís popular media. Select and view a movie, news documentary, or TV show in which a person with a disability appears. Complete a one page summary describing how the person was depicted by the film makers. Share your opinions as to the validity, accuracy and effect of the portrayal. Next, in class students will be assigned a time to present a 5-10 minute clip of your selected media presentation (please make certain video clips are appropriate for sharing in class). Students will also take a few minutes to discuss their personal & class colleagues thoughts and opinions. (25 points)

3. Volunteer/Practical Experience Assignment: You are required to do a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer work with special populations during the semester. Ways to fulfill this assignment will be discussed in class. A two page summary (one page discuss what you did/one page tell what you learned) will be required. Donít procrastinate this assignment. Get it done early in the semester! (100 points)

4. Scripture Research Paper: The Savior, Jesus Christ, frequently worked with persons with disabilities and provides us with a beautiful example of compassion & understanding. Use your scriptures to answer the following questions in a 2 page paper:
a. How did the Savior treat person's who were ill, disabled or laden with extreme personal afflictions?
b. What can we learn from His example which gives us some indication of how we should develop our own style or method of dealing with special population groups? (25 points)

5. Exams: Two exams, a midterm and a final will be given. Each exam will be worth 100 points.

Grades will be given based on the following:
∑ Attendance & Participation 50 Points
∑ Readings 100 Points
∑ Video Critique & Presentation 25 Points
∑ Volunteer/Practical Experience Assignment 100 Points
∑ Scripture Research Paper 25 Points
∑ Exam 1 100 Points
∑ Exam 2 100 Points
500 Points Total

OTHER: Text: Inclusive & Special Recreation: Opportunities for Persons with disabilities, by Kennedy