Chapter 15: On-Line Lesson

Promote Social Interaction and Friendships

The focus of this lesson is on learning strategies to help encourage and promote social interactions and friendships.

INTRODUCTION

The development of relationships is the core of inclusion.  It involves providing support to help people who haven been devalued to establish relationships with valued members of their community.  People need to grow and learn with their peers in order to have access to valued social roles.

Leisure services professionals must be prepared to provide services to people with disabilities in inclusive settings because of the growing preference of people with disabilities and their families for inclusive leisure programs.  Another reason to be prepared is because of legislation which supports and mandates services for people with disabilities in inclusive community environments.  Although there is research to show the benefits of inclusion, implementation has been slow and has been met with resistance.

THE BENEFITS OF INCLUSION

The benefits of inclusive recreation are significant for people with disabilities and without disabilities as well as for leisure services providers.

Benefits for Participants

Leisure Services Providers

STRATEGIES FOR FACILITATING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AND FRIENDSHIPS

Prepare People to Promote Social Interactions and Friendships

 Encourage Social Interactions and Friendships

CONCLUDING STATEMENTS

The ability to experience leisure with friends is at the center of feeling included in one's community.  The social benefits that are realized when inclusive leisure services are provided are many.  Providing those services should be the goal of all leisure services professionals.

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