N.J. Conference for Individuals with Disabilities Focuses on Recreation, April 17

Posted on April 9, 2013 By

How would YOU include individuals with disabilities in recreational activities? 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, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Crowne Plaza Monroe, 309 Forsgate Drive, Monroe, N.J. 08831, is an educational symposium designed for family members and professionals who work with the disabled, and for individuals with disabilities. Registration and Continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.. The Conference includes keynote speaker Steven Eidelman, educational sessions, vendor exhibits, sit down lunch, an awards ceremony and entertainment.

Steven M. Eidelman,  the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, at the University of Delaware will present, “How Recreation Fosters Inclusion.” Find out about 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.

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.

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 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.