Involvement of professionals in enhancing the leisure lifestyles and quality of lives of people with AIDS and barriers to that involvement are explored first. The challenges of professional involvement include: concern (i.e., helping clients achieve HIV prevention), compassion (providing services to those who are HIV-infected, including leisure education, health teaching and enhancing functional independence and behavioral expression), and community (assisting persons with AIDS and significant others to maintain their citizenship in the community and to be treated with dignity and without discrimination). Issues of personal involvement are examined with a focus on the roles of therapeutic recreation specialists in relation to commitment, challenge and control as aspects of positive reinforcement systems. Service delivery is discussed within a framework of the social context of AIDS and with emphasis on understandings of and approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention. Therapeutic recreation specialists and community developers can provide opportunities for self-empowerment, helping those affected by HIV/AIDS to live with feelings of inclusion and dignity versus those of fear and isolation.
Author Arnold H. Grossman
Volume Vol 31, No 2 (1997)