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Adaptive Recreation as a Means to Improve Quality of Life of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Session 10B)

Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/8089682209
Main Topic
: Family and Community Engagement
Session Type: Talk Story


The positive impacts of regular physical activity are well-documented (Diaz, Miller, Kraus, and Fredericson, 2019). The impact on people with a sedentary lifestyle due to disability have been shown to be significant (Shalin & Lexell, 2017).  Studies have shown the positive impact of adaptive sports on those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Engaging people with IDD in sporting activities has been demonstrated to enhance their quality of life. This  was a motivating factor in the creation of the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program, a collaboration between Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) and the Northern Arizona Adaptive Sports Association (NAASA) with funding provided by the Arizona Developmental Disability Planning Council (ADDPC). The Northern Arizona Inclusive Recreation Project has a long-term goal of increasing the involvement of persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in adaptive recreation activities. The primary focus, in achieving this goal, is to actively assist persons with I/DD to experience adapted recreation activities. Initially, funding provided by ADDPC supported adaptive skiing and snowboarding activities. This is being expanded in the spring of 2021 to include hiking and kayaking.  This presentation will discuss the initial findings. The speaker will also seek input from the session participants as to their experience and interest in adaptive recreation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the the adaptive recreation program being implemented in Northern Arizona University by personnel from the Institute for Human Development at Northern AZ University.
  • Understand the initial findings of the adaptive recreation program.
  • Have the opportunity to learn from others about their interest in and consideration for growth of adaptive recreation programs.

Keywords: recreation, adaptive recreation, skiing, snowboard, hiking, kayaking, quality of life, physical activity, access, attitude, inclusion

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Mar 02 2021


3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 02 2021
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

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  • Dr. Kelly Roberts
    Dr. Kelly Roberts
    Institute for Human Development, Northern AZ University - Executive Director and Professor

    Institute for Human Development, Northern AZ University

    Diverse experience in the field of education including working with students across the life span and disability types in the areas of learning disabilities, assistive technology, postsecondary education access/transition, and multicultural education. Applied research experience in assistive technology, health, culturally responsive curricula, postsecondary education, and transition. Evaluation experience related to mental health, early childhood interventions, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse. Administrative and supervisory roles in university and mental health settings. Applied knowledge in the disability field including direct interaction with persons with severe physical involvements; developmental disabilities including autism; learning disabilities; and intellectual and emotional impairments.