There has been exponential growth in the number of recreation agencies adopting inclusive service delivery (ISD) practices. While many of these agencies are experiencing success with these initiatives, many others are not. The data reported here were collected as part of a comprehensive, qualitative study designed to identify best practices being employed by recreation agencies perceived as successful with ISD by leaders in the field at administrative, programmatic, and consumer levels. Results note that successful agencies are using best practices described in the literature; however, they are implementing these practices in highly individualized manners based on the needs and characteristics of the agency and community. Participant assessment, accommodation plans, behavioral interventions, adaptations, inclusion support staff, personal care, on-site technical support for general recreation staff, preparing nondisabled peers, facilitating peer interaction, and documentation and program evaluation strategies are explored with detailed accounts of variations in implementation strategies.
Author Kimberly D. Miller, Stuart J. Schleien, Jennene Lausier
Volume Vol 43, No 1 (2009)