N.J. Conference Delves into Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted on October 3, 2012 By

No matter how young or old you are, everyone wants to be accepted. But what if you were disabled? What if you had autism? What if you were blind? Would you be accepted and included in recreational activities?

“Leisure 4 Life,” the 31st Conference on Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, Thursday, November 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Crowne Plaza Monroe, 309 Forsgate Drive, Monroe, N.J., is an educational symposium designed for family members and professionals who work with the disabled as well as individuals with disabilities. Throughout the Conference, experts will present diverse educational sessions that promote leisure activities and inclusion for all people with disabilities.

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.

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.

The Conference 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.

Registration forms are available at www.NJCRID.org (Events)

Registration fee is $75.00. Registration is limited. CEU and PDU (educators) credits, A.S.L. interpreters, and signed 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.