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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

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Taking Charge


This seems like a lot of work, but according to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA, 2002), "Over 50 million individuals with disabilities face physical and service barriers that tend to discourage personal and professional development, diminish involvement in community life, and often constrain personal recreation." The association adds, "Access to recreation sites and programs for individuals with disabilities contributes to self-confidence, functional ability, independence, and vocational skills." In light of this, it seems that if you do not advocate for your personal access to recreation activities and venues, you are doing yourself a disservice, as you are missing out on not only the benefits previously mentioned by NRPA but fun opportunities to try new and exciting things that can enrich your life.

The remaining question is: Are you ready to take charge of your leisure pursuits? If so, the following case studies are presented as a way to practice your advocacy skills...what will you do?


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