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Making connections: developing inclusive leisure in policy and practice

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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This report tries to identify the barriers faced by young disabled people from discussions between young people and service providers. It highlights the social imperative for leisure to be accessible to all. Recommendations and advice are provided for those wishing to replicate such a consultation exercise. Young disabled people are commonly excluded from mainstream leisure services and activities. This report reviews young disabled people’s experience of leisure provision and access, and how leisure providers can work with them to develop more inclusive facilities. The study reports on a project in which young disabled people and service providers came together to discuss the young people’s needs and requirements for leisure, and how these discussions developed. Scattered with quotes from the young people themselves, the report identifies the barriers young people face, including isolation, lack of money and transport, inaccessible buildings and unhelpful attitudes. It reports the young people’s own attitudes to their situation, and their aims and aspirations for the future. It makes a clear case for why leisure should be accessible to all as well as giving many good practice suggestions.

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Everybody here?: play and leisure for disabled children and young people; a Contact a Family survey of families' experiences in the UK

Contact a Family
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This report from Contact a Family draws on the experiences of over 1000 families with disabled children in trying to access everyday leisure opportunities across the UK, including swimming pools, cinemas, after school clubs, holiday playschemes and major attractions. Not surprisingly the answer to the question ‘Is everybody here?’ is a very clear no. It provides an overview of current legislation and government policy, identifies the barriers to participation, and ends with clear sets of recommendations to providers and policy-makers. There is also a useful appendix listing attractions positively recommended by parents.

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