31st Conference on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted on August 24, 2012 By

If you were disabled, would you want to be left out? Although people in the United States strive to treat individuals with all different kinds and levels of disabilities equally, recreation is one area frequently overlooked in including those with disabilities.

“Leisure 4 Life,” the 31st Conference on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, presents educational sessions that promote leisure activities and inclusion for all people with disabilities.

The Conference, Thursday, November 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Crowne Plaza Monroe, 309 Forsgate Drive, Monroe, N.J., is supported by the Aronow Family Foundation in memory of Evelyn N. Aronow, and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities and the New Jersey Recreation & Parks Association.

Steven M. Eidelman, the keynote speaker, will present “How Recreation Fosters Inclusion.” Attendees to this session will learn the importance and benefits of recreation in advancing the goals of including people with disabilities in their communities, as well as supporting their families.  Learn trends and predictions for the future, and the role recreation professionals and programs play, among other topics.

Eidelman is the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, at the University of Delaware.

Other educational sessions include Cooperative Games, Part A; Making Friends with Autism – Let’s Have Fun Together; Music Intervention; Dealing with Difficult People; Importance of Universal Design; Cooperative Games, Part B; Preparing a Therapeutic Sensory Environment; Horticultural Therapy; Young Athlete Program; Leadership Skills for Art Activities; Yoga; Recreation and Leisure Activities for Young Children; Making Connections – Helping Families Understand Moderate and Late Stage Dementia; Adaptable Aquatics; and Doing More with Less Cost: Effective Creative Activity Solutions.

Registration forms are available at www.NJCRID.org (Events) Registration fees are $50.00 before September 25 and $75.00 after September 25. Registration is limited. CEU and PDU (educators) credits, A.S.L. interpreters, and singed English interpreters are available.  For more information, contact Bobbi Bach Freedman, commission program chairwoman, at Freedman2@aol.com or Karen Bourque-Scott, commission chairwoman, at njcom4id@aol.com.