FACTS AND RESEARCH
facts and research
There is extensive research that supports the critical benefits of social and recreational programs in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Find links to many of these studies below:
- Benefits of Sports and Recreation from Amer Acad of Pediatrics
- Benefits of exercise
- Moving therapy to the gym
- A blog by Ido Kedar - a non-speaking autistic man who writes about the benefits of exercise for him
- Benefits of sports and competition
- Prevalence of overweight children with autism
- Benefits of a structured swim program
- Benefits of surfing
- Swimming Improving Sleep for ASD
- Music as intervention
- Benefits of Sports Camp
Check out our one-page fact sheet here..
"As a physician, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of recreational activities for children with disabilities, such as gymnastics, swimming, theater, music, art, and summer camp. These services are critical to improving the health, self-confidence, coordination, social skills, and self- advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Raising a child with special needs is extremely expensive and any funding from the regional centers is extremely helpful."
Dr. Shravya Govindappagari
Restoring Social-Rec Will Help Reduce Racial Disparities
There are system-wide dramatic disparities in services with Hispanics, blacks, and Asians generally receiving between half to two-thirds as much as whites.
A part of these disparities were caused by the elimination of funding for social-rec programs and camp. These are programs that low-income families cannot afford to pay on their own so they relied on regional center funding.
Without question, restoring funding for camp and social-recreational programs will benefit underserved and reduce the disparities that have plagued their communities for decades.
"I am a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and work with special needs and disabled children. I have seen my patients thrive when they’re engaged in activities horseback riding, camp, swimming, gymnastics, and other recreational programs. Over the past few years I have watched these programs get cut and what was once an enriched meaningful life, dwindle before my eyes. These programs offer a sense of community, safety and family, they offer support to families. You take away a part of their world, when you take away these programs."
Jennifer DeRoss, COTA