Defining and Creating New Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities
Parks and Recreation programs, YMCA's, and other community organizations should work to further increase their attention on serving youth with disabilities. These institutions are in a great position to deliver physical activity and recreation programs to these individuals. Parents are also in a position to push for increased programming and opportunities for youth with disabilities. Parents can work with these groups to develop programs that adequately meet the needs of youth with disabilities.
Parents of youth with disabilities are in a critical position to be leaders in establishing and creating new and dynamic ways to provide recreation and physical activity opportunities to youth with disabilities. Although current recreation and physical activity programs for youth with disabilities may lack funding or require a concerted effort to find, proactive parent involvement can be the key to creating an infrastructure in which quality programs can be delivered by mainstream organizations, thus increasing their visibility and utilization.