Best Practices

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Instructional Tips for Golfers with Disabilities

By Judy Alvarez, PGA/LPGA Golf Professional


I learned along time ago as a PGA/LPGA Professional golf instructor that just about anyone can learn to play the game of golf. Since the game of golf is roughly 85% mental and roughly 15%, physical anyone can advance a little white ball around a golf course and swing a piece of metal - or I should say today graphite - back and forth. Where and how far the golf ball goes is a different story. Anyone should be able to play the game of golf or some version of it.

Preferred Natural Environments and People with Disabilities

by Terry J. Brown, Rachel Kaplan & Gail Quaderer

Providing Inclusive Recreation Opportunities: The Cincinnati Model

by Stephanie Montgomery, M.S.,CTRS and Alayne Kazin,M.A., CTRS

What is inclusion?

Inclusion is people with and without disabilities participating in recreation together! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that parks and recreation programs and services are provided in the "most integrated setting." Although the term "Integration" is used throughout the ADA, "Inclusion" has become the word which is most commonly associated with the concept of integrating persons with disabilities into general services (school, community, etc.)

Providing Access to Beaches

Providing access to beaches enables people with disabilities and their friends and family to enjoy a time honored vacationing tradition.

A beach is a designated area along a shore providing pedestrian entry for the purpose of water play, swimming or other water shoreline activities. Coastal areas, inland lakes, ponds, and rivers all have beaches. However, beach is not synonymous with sand. Soil, gravel, grass and other surfaces are found along shorelines and are also considered to be beaches. Due to the dynamic nature of shorelines, the surface is generally not firm and stable and therefore may not be accessible. This monograph addresses this and other issues involving access to beaches for people with disabilities.

Making a Splash: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Aquatic Venues

by Susan Ostby and Jennifer Skulski

Golf: An Update on the Movement Toward Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities

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

Best Practices of Inclusive Services: The Value of Inclusion

By Catherine Veronica Nolan
National Center on Accessibility

Inclusion is more than allowing people with and without disabilities to participate in the same activity. In order for inclusive services to be successful, inclusion must be a value that is shared by all parties involved including: agencies, staff, families, participants, and the greater community. With appropriate training and education on inclusion and disabilities, managers can ensure that their employees are able to provide services that embrace the value of inclusion.

Living Well! The Benefits of Leisure for People with Disabilities

By Elizabeth Hall, CTRS

According to a survey conducted by the National Organization on Disability (2004), individuals with disabilities felt 27% less satisfied with life than individuals without disabilities. Multiple factors affect our feelings toward life satisfaction such as family, community, school and work roles. When individuals do not feel satisfaction with life, their level of motivation to participate and contribute in these areas also decreases. General feelings of poor health may also be a consequence. Individuals with disabilities participate less often in leisure and recreation opportunities.

Becoming a Resilient Family: Child Disability and the Family System

By C. Amber Havens

“…it is not the child’s disability that handicaps and disintegrates families; it is the way they react to it and to each other” (Dickman & Gordon, 1985, p. 109).

Challenge Course Operations for Including People with Disabilities

 by Don Rogers, Ph.D., CTRS

 Operating a challenge course program has features similar to any other recreation service delivery operation. There are administrators who must plan and make decisions, marketing and public relations efforts, supervisors directing front-lines operations, and program delivery staff who have direct contact with participants.