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Tearing down the Shameful Wall of Exciusion

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: You use a wheelchair. You want to get some exercise but you can't get in the community center. Or you are blind and can't read the program brochures. Or you are mentally retarded and the staff won't let you swim because they think you might get hurt. People with disabilities have faced these barriers and problems for years when they have tried to participate in recreational programs. Now, however, there is legislation to eliminate these barriers. In the summer of 1"990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights act for people with disabilities. Public agencies are now required by law to provide accessible services and facilities for the over 42 million people with disabilities in the United States. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act returns municipal and county recreation professionals to the original mission for all inclusive recreational services. This legislation has direct impact on municipal and county recreational programs, allowing them to be proactive in meeting the needs of their community.

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Publication
Parks & Recreation; Apr 1992; 27, 4; Research Library pg.40
Language: English
Date: 1992
Keywords
Disabled people, Recreation, Discrimination