INCLUSIVE RECREATION AND ADAPTED SPORTS
Our Goal is to ensure Family and MWR patrons have access to services they want and need by offering a broad spectrum of programs, including Outdoor Recreation, Sports, Fitness and Aquatics, Automotive Skills, Recreation Centers and Arts & Crafts.
The three basic ways Family and MWR modifies programs to be functional for all participants is:
- Many existing activities provide opportunity for participation for persons with disability that requires little or no modification. Example: swimming, riding, table tennis, bowling, martial arts, archery, arts and crafts, etc.
- Some sports have been specifically developed to provide opportunity for participation. Example: Goal ball, Murder ball, etc.
- Attitudinal barriers in existing and future recreation services can be minimized or even removed through training and education. Family and MWR staff is eligible to receive training in inclusive recreation, program planning, adaptive equipment, and variability in program rules and policies through a number of resources (see below).
- Some existing sports have been modified (adapted rules or equipment) to provide opportunity for participation. Example: wheelchair basketball, track and field events, weight lifting, sit volleyball, etc.
Penn State: Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors offers a four-day course designed to train assistant managers, managers, recreation division chiefs and other support personnel in Family and MWR. The purpose of the course is to instruct FMWR staff on methods for integrating wounded military personnel into existing Family and MWR programs and services through appropriate adaptations and modifications. The course, aimed at recreation personnel across all branches of the service, increases understanding of the characteristics of various physical and psychological conditions resulting from war. These conditions include but are not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), amputations, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
National Parks and recreation Association (NRPA) is an entity for connecting advocates, professionals, suppliers and government leaders to educate professionals and the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. NRPA provides training and learning opportunities, research and communications initiatives, strives for public support for the advancement and development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensible elements of American communities.
NRPA Congress 2012
Innovate Today. Strengthen Tomorrow.
October 16-18, 2012
Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California
NRPA understands that innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and engage with park and recreation professionals from across the nation.
Join us in Anaheim and receive powerful training on topics such as: innovative business practices, how to navigate politics in local government and how to create programs and services that serve a diverse population.
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
October 12-15, 2012
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona