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Contains information about creative and innovative recreation and leisure programs and opportunities throughout the country.

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Managed by: Kathy Scholl (kathleen.scholl@uni.edu) of University of Northern Iowa

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (24 Products)
Electronic Media (15 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (27 Products)


Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
Abilities: Canada's Lifestyle Magazine for People with Disabilities
A quarterly magazine featuring many empowering and interesting articles for people with disabilities. It has many articles for families.
Accessibility Checklist: A Self-assessment Tool
This checklist helps outdoor recreation providers. It focuses mostly on physical accessibility.
Beaches for Disabled Swimmers in Split: Few and Far Between
This news story is about an accessible swimming beach in the country of Croatia.
Best Practices of Accessibility in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility
A study to identify the best practices in creating inclusive recreation and leisure services in a variety of settings.
Challenge Course Operations for Including People with Disabilities
An article about how to make challenge courses inclusive of people with disabilities. It is available online.
Community Recreation and People with Disabilities: Strategies for Inclusion (2nd edition)
A book showing the best ideas to design, implement, and evaluate inclusive recreation programs.
Cooking by Color: Recipes for Independence
This is a cookbook made so it is easy for everyone to use. It uses colors and words to help people find the information they need, and learn to be good cooks.
Cooking Made Easy
Cooking Made Easy is a cookbook for people with developmental disabilities who can read. Recipes are broken down into detailed, easy to understand steps. Every recipe is coded from 1-5 according to level of difficulty.
Creating Inclusive Play and Community Spaces
This report has information about how to make play and community spaces inclusive of children with disabilities.
Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid
A book for K-12 physical educators and coaches. It shows how to establish and sustain inclusive sports programs that are fun and welcoming for students with a wide range of special needs. It has practical guidance and examples.
Enjoying Sport and Exercise (From the "Books Beyond Words" series)
This book uses a story with drawings to explain ways to exercise and stay fit. It is easy to understand and can be read together with a helper.
Impact: Feature Issue on Social Inclusion Through Recreation for Persons with Disabilities
This issue of the Impact newsletter is about ways to increase the social inclusion of people with disabilities through recreation. Though some information may be dated, you can still download the full text as a PDF file for free.
Impact: Feature Issue on Stories of Advocacy, Stories of Change From People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Allies
This newsletter has eleven stories that show how systems change has come about through advocacy by people with disabilities and their allies. It is available both online and as a print publication.
Inclusive Games: Movement Fun for Everyone
Over 50 games and activities that encourage active participation by young people with differing abilities.
Inclusive Recreation: Programs and services for diverse populations
A textbook for undergraduate students pursuing careers in recreation, parks, leisure, or tourism. It helps students learn to provide programs for diverse populations, including people with disabilities.
Kennedy Center Tipsheets on Cultural Access
These tipsheets explain best practices for making theaters, museums and other cultural facilities and programs accessible to patrons and visitors with disabilities.
Leisure Works
This program shows people with disabities how to find new leisure activities, and learn new skills. It also helps DSPs.
Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults
This book is written by a woman who has Asperger's Syndrome. In the book she gives ideas on how to handle daily life activities.
Living Your Life: Recreation for People with Disabilities
This short booklet explains why recreation and leisure is important, and how people with disabilities can get involved. It is written to self-advocates.
Making School and Community Recreation Fun for Everyone: Places and Ways to Integrate
This book can help community members to support people with disabilities in community and school recreation programs.
Move Experience Engage Calendar
This calendar encourages people to try a variety of activities that promote health and well-being. The activities also increase awareness of the community and holiday traditions.
Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities
This book explains what health clubs can do to become more accessible to people with disabilities. It mostly focuses on the needs of people with physical disabilities and can be viewed online for free.
Specific Natural Activity Program (SNAP ) Curriculum - supporting adults with developmental disabilities
This curriculum helps people learn many different basic skills.
Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs
This is a handbook for special education and drama teachers with the nuts and bolts on bringing theatre arts to students with special needs.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Accessible Gardening
This on-line newsletter is about gardening for people with disabilities.
App of the Day
This webpage regularly profiles new apps that are coming out to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Challenge: Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins
This is a film about outdoor sports. It shows people with all types of disabilities taking part in all kinds of leisure activities.
Discover Camp!
A website for families preparing to select a summer camp for their child with disabilities.
Good Access is Good Business
On this DVD, business owners on public lands talk about the benefits of providing access to people with disabilities.
Hannah
A short film that follows Hannah a young dancer and athlete who has Down syndrome.
I Belong Out There
The real life examples in the video will motivate staff and people with disabilities to participate and succeed in community activities. It comes with 16 pages of reproducible written materials.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Jacob's Turn
A short documentary about a boy with Down syndrome and his love of baseball.
Kiss My Wheels
Kiss My Wheels follows the Zia Hot Shots. The Hot Shots are a nationally ranked junior wheelchair basketball team. This video shows a season of training and tournament competition.
LifePages.org
A web site with information about recreation and leisure activities, services, advocacy, and other useful things to persons with disabilities who live in Minnesota.
North Carolina Recreation Resource Guide
This webpage lists many recreation opportunities for people who live in North Carolina.
Not on the Sidelines: Living and Playing with a Disability
This video is about four ordinary people whose lives were suddenly changed by accident, injury or illness when they were teens or young adults.
Right to Risk: A 15 Day Journey Through Arizona's Grand Canyon
A movie that tells the story of eight, very brave people with disabilities. They went on a 15-day, 225-mile whitewater rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon.
The Inclusive Rec Resource Ctr: Helping All People Play Wherever They Choose
This CD is a webinar about recreation.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Accessible Journeys
This agency plans vacations for slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends.
Adaptive Adventures
Adaptive Adventure mission is to increase awareness and participation in adaptive sports and recreation throughout the world.
Bradford Woods
An outdoor recreation center with a special interest in the inclusion of people with disabilities in outdoor activities.
Center for Disability Information and Referral
This Center is a primary source of quality information on disability for residents of Indiana.
Community Education Network on Disability
This is a network of community education programs serving adults with disabilities in Minnesota.
Disabled Sports USA
This organization's mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. They sponsor many outdoor recreation events that mostly attract people with physical disabilities.
EXPAND (Exciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions) Program
This program makes leisure opportunities happen for persons with disabilities. It is part of Boulder, Colorado's city Parks and Recreation Department
Flying Wheels Travel
This company provides travel opportunities for people with physical disabilities.
GATEWAY to Adventure
An outdoor adventure program offering training in outdoor skills and trips to many exciting places.
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
This website is a coalition of agencies. The agencies are committed to good health and self advocacy in the lives of people with disabilities.
Leisure Works
This program shows people with disabities how to find new leisure activities, and learn new skills. It also helps DSPs.
National Alliance for Accessible Golf/Project GAIN
The purpose of The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is to increase participation of people with disabilities in the game of golf.
National Center on Accessibility
A national center promoting access to recreation activities for persons with disabilities.
National Inclusion Project
This project promotes inclusion for individuals with disabilities, with a focus on children. The project runs the "Let's All Play" initiative that helps programs become more inclusive.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
The National Sports Center for the Disabled is a therapeutic recreational program based in Colorado.
New Directions for People with Disabilities, Inc
This agency offers vacations for people with disabilities. It is located in Santa Barbara, California.
New York State Inclusive Recreation Resource Center
This university center helps people with disabilities find leisure activities. It also helps recreation agencies to make their programs accessible to everyone. It is located and works mostly in the state of New York.
Revere Dance Studio
This dance studio offers free classes for people who use wheelchairs, as well as specific classes for children on the autism spectrum. It is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Search Beyond Adventures
This agency offers supervised vacation trips for people with disabilities.
Sensory Friendly Films program
A program where AMC movie theaters make their environment more accepting and comfortable for people with autism and other disabilities.
The Arc Audi Racing Program
This program gives people with disabilities a taste of what it is like to be part of a fast-paced race crew.
The Buddy Bike
This bike can be ridden by two people. One person can provide support to the other.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
A national clearinghouse on physical activity for persons with disabilities
Trips, Inc., Special Adventures
Trips, Inc., provides travel opportunities to people of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere.
WhisperGLIDE Swing
This company makes wheelchair accessible porch swings. Products can be ordered online.
Youth Arc
An organization led by youth, with and without developmental disabilities, participating in social and recreational activities together. Through the Youth Arc participants learn to appreciate each others strengths and to work together as a team.
Zeno Mountain Farm
This organization runs acting, music, sports and other themed camps for people with and without disabilities.


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