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Adapting and modifying recreation settings and programs is a typical and viable approach for addressing the unique leisure needs and situations of all prospective recreation participants - especially people who have disabilities. Because, in the past, we have relied predominately on specialized staff to address and meet the leisure needs of people with disabilities, there is uncertainty about how to create programs that assist people with disabilities to have a successful, enjoyable, and truly inclusive leisure experience. Changing laws, new technology and increased awareness require recreation providers to be more inclusive in attitude and actions. Recreation programmers are encouraged to continue to approach the task of addressing the leisure needs of people with disabilities as they would with any other participant - professionally, patiently and with an open and imaginative mind. The goal, after all, is the same - the provision of quality recreation programs and environments for all members of the community - including people with disabilities. Best wishes and good luck!