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Census data, national polls, and other studies have documented that people with disabilities, as a group, occupy an inferior status in our society. They are disadvantaged socially, vocationally, economically, and educationally, and, therefore, encounter significant barriers to leisure participation. Information is needed to inform leisure service providers about ways to meet the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, models for inclusive leisure service provision, and strategies to empower individuals to experience meaningful and enjoyable leisure. Enhanced leisure participation can contribute to positive health outcomes and subsequently reduce health care costs. Therefore, we are interested in studying the complex relationship between leisure and the lives of individuals with disabilities, and contributing to the body of literature that improves our ability to create contexts that promote leisure for persons with disabling conditions.

Sample Research Projects and Proposals

  • Effects of a leisure program on adults with autism spectrum disorder (Dattilo and Garcia-Villamisar)
  • Effects of a walking intervention of adults with osteoarthritis (Farney, Kelley, Dattilo, and Rusch)
  • Effects of Participation in a Physically Active Video Game on Attention and Positive Affect of Older Adults with a Mild Cognitive Impairment (Dattilo and Weybright)
  • Recreation Activities as a Facilitator of Adjustment for Older Asian Immigrants (Kim and Dattilo)
  • Effects of balance training and walking on physical and psychological performance of older adults (Doerksen, Dattilo, and Gottshall)
  • Using Self-Instructional Strategy's to Promote Independent Problem Solving Among Young Adult's with Intellectual Disabilities (Dattilo and Rusch)

Faculty and Graduate Assistants

Linda Caldwell
John Dattilo
Shawna Doerksen
Elizabeth Weybright