Several studies have investigated perceived barriers that persons with disabilities experience in community leisure programs. Using this literature, a questionnaire was developed and forwarded to directors and staff affiliated with therapeutic adventure regarding their perceptions of program accessibility and staff competence in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. Although director and staff perceptions were in agreement on many programmatic and staff training issues, there were differences. Directors were more uncertain than staff regarding whether staff received sufficient training in personal and social adjustment issues of persons with disabilities. Although directors expressed uncertainty that staff received sufficient training on inclusion of persons with disabilities, staff were more certain that training was insufficient. Staff believed more strongly than directors that their formal programs of study did not sufficiently prepare them to work with persons with disabilities. Directors believed more strongly than staff regarding program staff abilities to adapt therapeutic adventure for persons with severe emotional problems. Implications for research and professional practice are examined.
Author James T. Herbert
Volume Vol 34, No 1 (2000)