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Recreation and leisure activities for individuals with severe disabilities : Comparison of supported apartments and group homes

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(2), pp.29-47
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

RAHKYUNG KIM 1 Stacy K, Dymond 1

1University of Illinois

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ABSTRACT

Despite the importance of leisure activity, little attention has been directed to determining how adults with severe disabilities residing in group homes and supported apartments spend their leisure time at home and in the community. This study investigated the leisure activities engaged in most frequently by adults with severe disabilities who live successfully in the community. Participants included residential specialists from across the United States who worked at small community residences (i.e., 8 or less residents) that included adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A survey was mailed to 1,000 residential specialists using a random proportional stratified sampling procedure; 280 completed surveys were used for data analysis. Watching TV was the most frequently performed activity at home while shopping was the most frequently performed activity in the community. Individuals with disabilities who lived in group homes played board games, participated in arts and crafts, ate out/had coffee, and went to the park significantly more frequently than residents living in supported apartments. In contrast, individuals with disabilities who lived in supported apartments used the computer/internet/email significantly more frequently than individuals living in group homes.

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