A Study of Participation in the Game of Golf by Persons with Disabilities and Persons Who have Health ConcernsSubmitted by Anonymous on July 19, 2012 - 1:34pm.
A Study of Participation in the Game of Golf
by Persons with Disabilities and Persons Who have Health Concerns
A number of important events have occurred in recent years such as the invention or improvement of assistive devices for use in golf; development of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines for recreation facilities including golf facilities; and an increase in the number of organizations promoting golf for persons with disabilities and health concerns.
by Gary Robb
Ever think about playing golf? Do you think maybe because you have a disability that you can't play? Do you wonder how you will get around the golf course if you use a wheelchair, crutches, cane? If you are blind or have a visual impairment, did you know that you can still play golf? Do you wonder if there are people knowledgeable about teaching people with disabilities to play golf? If you are curious about the answers to these questions-read on-you might be surprised.
Who can play golf?
Golf can be played by anyone. If you played golf before you became disabled, you can play again. If you never played golf, but would like to, you can playregardless of the type of disability that you might have. Hundreds of people with disabilities are playing golf- why not join them?
by Jennifer K. Skulski
with contributions from the National Alliance for Accessible Golf
" I love the game of golf. I'm probably going to play it for the rest of my life."
--Andy Lamb, Project GAIN participant
True inclusion occurs when individuals with and without disabilities are valued for their individuality and are active participants in the social fabric of their communities. Recreation activities are a vehicle through which true inclusion can be achieved due to the tendency of such activities to lead to other social ventures. Research by Murray (2002) involving individuals with disabilities, found that “The thread linking leisure to all aspects of their lives was that of relationship—opportunities for fun being dependent on having friends. In this way, the research participants described inclusive leisure as a process through which we all belong, whatever setting we happen to be in” (p.42). Since golf is one activity that is social in nature, it would therefore seem appropriate for reaching true inclusion.