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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Paper Session #120
Quality of Life: Leisure and Recreation
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30 PM–5:50 PM
Studio F, Niveau 2
Area: CSS
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Chaturi Edrisinha (St. Cloud State University)
Quality of Life: Leisure and Recreation
Domain: Applied Research
CHATURI EDRISINHA (Oakland University; Oakland University Center for ), Henry Au (Behavior Consultant, Richmond, British Columbia)
Abstract: Recreation and leisure are considered vital to sustain the quality of life for human beings. “Recreation” could be defined as an activity that people engage in for the primary purpose of enjoyment and satisfaction. The term “leisure” describes one's perception that one is free to choose and participate in meaningful recreation. Since the early 1990’s Dattilo and Schleien argued that (a) all human beings have a right to engage in leisure activities and, (b) that services provided to adults with developmental disabilities should offer these individuals opportunities to engage in such activities. The recent number of studies that have examined recreation and leisure for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) reveal only a handful of studies have tried to address this issue systematically. In fact, recent studies indicate that adults with disabilities engage in very few leisure activities. This presentation will discuss some of the recent work in teaching leisure skills to adults with ASD/DD as well as Adults with Psychological Disabilities and discuss some ways in which we can continue to improve the quality of life for all persons.



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