- 140 Characters and the Power of the Collective Voice
- Growth of Paralympics Helps Change the World's View of Disability
- What to Know Before You Go: The Big Questions to Ask Before Arriving at Your "Accessible" Recreation Destination
- Effects of exercise training on frailty in community-dwelling older adults: Results of a randomized, controlled trial
- Providing Inclusive Recreation Opportunities: The Cincinnati Model
- A community-based fitness and mobility exercise program for older adults with chronic stroke: A randomized controlled trial
- Aquatic Exercise for Children with Cerebral Palsy
- Activity Levels and Body Mass Index of Children
- Community Voice: Program Spotlight: Right Fit - Sport, Fitness & Wellness
- Rehab and Community Physical Activity - When and Where Shall the Two Meet?
- 2008 International Walk to School Day - Solomon Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois
- Table Tennis at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games
- Do As I Say Not as I Do: Not the Right Attitude for a Rehab Conference
- The Social Dimension of Fitness Centers
- Physical Training in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
- Community Voice: Program Spotlight - RIC Caring for Kids
- Community Voice: RIC Athlete Profile - Mickey Bushnell
- 2009 Sports Day at Solomon School
- Spirit and Success in Motion: A Celebration of Sports and Life Achievement of People with Disabilities
- Physicians Need to Refer Their Patients to NCHPAD
- Sled Hockey
- Kids with ADHD Need to Be On the Move
- Community Voice: Cycling to New Heights: Greta Neimanas
- Murderball - See it!
- Community Spotlight: ShowMe Aquatics, St. Louis, Missouri
- Barriers associated with exercise and community access for individuals with stroke
- Walk to School Day Celebrates National Efforts to Promote More Walkable (Wheelable), Active Communities
- Music and Dance Can Pave the Road to Higher Levels of Physical Activity Among Youth with Disabilities
- Health Promotion for People with Disabilities: The Need for a Transitional Model in Service Delivery
- Children with Disabilities and Obesity
- Principles for Adapting Activities in Recreation Programs and Settings
- BulletBall: A Therapeutic Table Sport by Inclusion Sports
- Exercise Reduces Secondary Conditions in Children with Cerebral Palsy
- Wellness Programming for Independent Living Centers
- Adapted Physical Activities for the Intellectually Challenged Adolescent: Psychomotor Characteristics and Implications for Programming and Motor Intervention
- Absence of People with Disabilities Using Local Parks
- Obesity Rates in Youth with Disabilities
- A Holiday Physical Activity Gift for Children with Disabilities
|Two girls who use wheelchairs are dressed in colorful cycling shirts and helmets as they smile at the camera.|
Play is to the child what thinking, planning, and blueprinting are to the adult, a trial universe in which conditions are simplified and methods exploratory, so that past failures can be thought through, expectations tested.
Erik Erikson, 1902-1994
Erikson was an American psychoanalyst specializing in child psychology. In his most influential work, Childhood and Society (1950), he divided the human life cycle into eight psychosocial stages of development. His later works deal with ethical concerns in the modern world (Friedman, 1999).
In 1996, the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health documented research that indicated men and women of all ages and abilities can improve their quality of life through regular, moderate physical activity. The recently published 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to all Americans, including those with disabilities. These science-based guidelines were designed to help individuals with disabilities aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity. Although there are public policies in place to safeguard the educational and civil rights of people with disabilities, individuals, particularly youth, face limited access to the range of activities, programs, and services that promote healthy living. Through access to well-researched information regarding conditions, methods of preventive health efforts, and participation in physical exercise and sports, the benefits for youth with disabilities are now being recognized (Wells, 1990).