Recreational activities have long been a source of enjoyment and relaxation for people of all ages and abilities. In the past, these activities were not always accessible to individuals with disabilities. Thankfully, as society has evolved, so does our understanding of the importance of making recreational activities accessible to all.
In this article, we’ll explore how we broke barriers and how people with disabilities can now participate in a wide range of recreational activities.
ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT DISABILITIES
As society becomes more inclusive and aware of the needs of people with disabilities, the accessibility of recreational activities has significantly improved. Government initiatives such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia have played a significant role in this progress.
NDIS supports individuals with disabilities, allowing them to participate in the community and access various services and activities, including recreational ones. This move has opened new opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy and experience the same as their non-disabled peers.
WHAT DOES THE NDIS DO?
Some initiatives that the NDIS has provided through the years:
- For people with mobility impairments: The funding for adapted equipment or modifications to facilities so they can participate in activities like swimming, cycling, or playing sports.
- For people with visual or hearing impairments: Making audio-description and sign language interpretation services available so they can enjoy performances, shows, and other cultural events.
It’s worth noting that accessibility can look different for different disabilities. For example, people with cognitive or intellectual disabilities may benefit from support and modifications to activities. In contrast, individuals with sensory disabilities may need accommodations like quiet rooms or headphones to participate fully.
Regardless of the specific needs, the important thing is that people with disabilities now have a wider range of options for recreational activities, and the NDIS and other government initiatives have played a crucial role in making this possible.
THE BENEFITS OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
Recreational activities offer a multitude of benefits to people with disabilities. Engaging in recreational activities can improve physical health and well-being, boost self-esteem and confidence, and provide socialization and community engagement opportunities.
At Tender Loving Care (TLC) Disability Services, we understand the importance of recreational activities for our participants. That’s why we offer a range of day programs designed to help them hone their skills and enjoy various activities.
Here are some of the activities we offer our participants across all our locations in Australia:
- Taekwondo or Muay Thai
- Art Therapy
- Music and Dance Therapy
- Culinary Skills
- Gardening Therapy
- Men’s Shed
- TLC Explorers Club
Whether playing a sport, participating in creative arts, or simply enjoying their leisure, our programs are designed to help our participants live their best lives.
TOGETHER, WE HAVE THE ABILITY
At TLC Disability Services, we are proud to have helped countless individuals with disabilities access recreational activities and live their best lives. Our day programs have provided opportunities for participants to hone their skills, make new friends, and experience the joy of participating in a wide range of activities.
Through our programs, we have seen the transformative power of recreational activities first-hand. Our participants have gained confidence, improved physical health, and developed new interests and passions.
To experience the benefits of our programs, we encourage you to book a free consultation with us today. Our experienced team will be happy to answer any questions and help you find the right program. Call us at 1300 998 885 to schedule your appointment or register your details https://mailchi.mp/tlcdisabilityservices/disability-expo-events .
Join #TenderLovingCare in breaking down barriers and experiencing the joy of recreational activities. Together, #WeAllCan live our best lives.