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|NTRS Calls For Education Session Program Proposals
(11-5-98) The National Therapeutic Recreation Society
(NTRS) is pleased to announce the Call For Education Session Program Proposals for the
1999 NTRS Institute scheduled for Nashville, TN on October 20-24, 1999. Theme for the NTRS
Institute is "Therapeutic Recreation is instrumental." The proposal deadline is
set for December 1, 1998. Proposal forms may be secured from NTRS, National Recreation and
Park Association, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148-4501, Phone (703) 858-2151,
Fax (703) 858-2151 or e-mail to NTRSNRPA@aol.com.
It should be noted with the cancellation of the 1998 NRPA
Congress in Miami due to the presence of Hurricane Georges, NTRS will be automatically
submitting proposals from those session chairs and speakers from the Miami Institute who
have indicated a desire to have their session submitted for the NTRS Institute in
Nashville. Those individuals have been contacted by NRPA with a deadline of October 30 for
their confirmation. This means those sessions will be included in the pool of 1999 NTRS
Institute session proposals, with no guarantee for acceptance. In other words, all session
proposals will be reviewed and evaluated on an equal basis. NTRS looks forward to another
exciting and educational Intitute program.
Any inquiries or questions may be fielded by contacting Gary
Thompson, CTRS, CLP, Chair, 1999 NTRS Institute Committee at (417) 836-4454 or fax at(417)
836-4200 or e-mail at email@example.com or
contact Rikki Epstein, Executive Director, NTRS, at the above mentioned address.
|NTRS Fred Humphrey Intern
by Rikki S. Epstein, M.Ed., CTRS
The National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS) offers a unique internship or
independent study opportunity each year to a therapeutic recreation graduate student. The
NTRS Fred Humphrey Intern works at the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA)
Public Policy Division office in Washington, DC and the NRPA Ahren's Institute in Ashburn,
Virginia. Working closely with the NTRS Executive Director, the intern monitors public
policy and legislative efforts in the areas of health care and human services, and issues
related to aging and persons with disabilities. Involvement with national legislative
coalitions, attendance at briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill, and preparation of
testimony and action alerts are examples of the responsibilities of the position.
The internship is scheduled to begin in January, 1999 and
continues through April, 1999. It is a full-time, 15-week internship, with a $200/week
The deadline for applications has been extended to November
15, 1998. If you know of a student who might be interested in this opportunity, please
have them contact Rikki Epstein, NTRS Executive Director, at (703) 858-2151 or via e-mail
If you would like additional information about the NTRS Fred
Humphrey Internship Program or other resources available through NTRS, I encourage you to
check out the NTRS website: http://www.nrpa.org/branches/ntrs.htm
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide in
identifying prospective candidates for the NTRS Fred Humphrey Internship Program.
|Online Refereed Journal Seeking
by Rob Stiefvater
(9-30-98) LARNet: The
Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research is an international online
refereed journal, dedicated to the publication and distribution of scholarly research that
makes an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in leisure and recreation.
The Journal encompasses a broad range of leisure and recreation topics, including (but not
limited to): leisure behavior/theory, recreation and play, travel and tourism,
government/municipal recreation, campus recreation, commercial recreation, Armed Forces
recreation, employee recreation, recreational sports, voluntary/not-for-profit recreation,
therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, parks, higher education/professional
preparation, and recreation administration.
LARNet is sponsored by North Carolina Central University, the
nation's first public HBCU. NCCU was founded in 1910 by Dr. James E. Shepard. Dr.
Shepard's founding principle, "Truth ans Service" is NCCU's motto and one in
which LARNet hopes to continue. Truth refers to research that strives to find it; Service
refers to our commitment to recreation practitioners and educators. Truth in research,
service in application.
LARNet: The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation
Research is published with the hard work of its editorial board members and peer
reviewers. LARNet: The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research is free of
charge to individuals, libraries, academic and commercial organizations. Anyone with
Internet access can read or download articles. This will assure the author an
international audience. LARNet is part of a new publishing paradigm whereby the scholars
themselves retain control over all aspects of the scholarly communication process.
LARNet is a member of the International Consortium of
Alternative Academic Publication
Visit their web site at: http://www.icaap.org/
LARNet is now accepting manuscripts for consideration. Due to
a lack of traditional publication and distribution restraints, LARNet has no deadline for
article review and publication and can accept submissions in an "on-going"
basis. Articles are reviewed in a timely and open fashion and can be immediately published
at the conclusion of the review/decision/editorial process.
Submissions can be sent directly over the Internet via e-mail
attachments or mailed on a 3.5" disk to:
Rob Stiefvater, Re.D., Editor
P.O. Box 19542
Durham, NC 27707
|Aging, Mental Retardation and Physical Fitness
by James H. Rimmer, Ph.D
(9-27-98) Research indicates that people with mental
retardation have very low levels of cardiovascular endurance. A lack of cardiovascular
endurance often means the individual is unable to sustain long workdays or participate in
leisure-time activities (e.g., hiking, swimming, biking) without becoming fatigued. A poor
cardiovascular fitness level also translates into a higher risk of disability and death.
|Preventing Mental Retardation Through Use of Bicycle
by Donna Scandlin
(9-27-98) Scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed bicycle deaths and injury data from 1984 through
1988 and found that some 1,000 people died each year from bicycle crashes. Head injury was
involved in 62 percent of those deaths. Some 558,000 people sustained bicycle-associated
injuries each year, and of those, 32.5 percent or 181,000 suffered head injuries. The CDC
estimated that if all bicyclists had worn helmets during the five-year study period, one
death could have been prevented every day and one head injury could have been prevented
every four minutes (Sacks et al., 1991).
|Community Integration Report: Supporting Children and Youth
with Disabilities in Integrated Recreation and Leisure Activities
by Pam Walker and Bonnie Shoultz, Center on Human Policy
(9-27-98) Children and youth
with disabilities need opportunities to enjoy recreational and leisure activities with
others their age who do not have disabilities. (Schleien & Ray, 1988). Parents and
children have always known the importance of integrated activities. Ask any group of
parents, and they will tell you about informal ways - often creative and ingenious - in
which children with disabilities have been involved in neighborhood play.
|PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS UPDATE: PROBLEM
SOLVING SKILLS TRAINING
BETSEY A. BENSON, PH.D.
(9-27-98) Training in problem solving skills can be
useful for persons with mental retardation and mental illness who are likely to have
problem solving deficits. Of special interest is training to improve social or
interpersonal problem solving, in contrast to cognitive problem solving. Training in
social problem solving is often part of cognitive-behavioral treatment
"packages" such as Valenti-Hein and Mueser's Dating Skills Program (reference
18) and Benson's Anger Management Program.
|An Analysis Of Leisure Service Provision For Australians
With A Disability
Jason Liverton (B.A., Griffith University)
(7-8-98) Over the past ten
years, there have been a number of significant reforms to enhance lifestyle opportunities
for Australians with a disability. These have included major legislative and policy
changes such as the Disability Services Act (1986), the Disability Reform Package (1991),
the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the Commonwealth State Disability Agreement
(1992) and the Commonwealth Disability Strategy (1994) (CDHFS, 1994). While these reforms
have directly contributed to the state provision of education, transportation, and
accommodation services (ie. community housing or centre-based) (QDPC, 1997); and the
federal provision of advocacy and employment services (CDHFS, 1994), the focus has not
been upon the provision of recreation services for people with disabilities.
|The Use Of Integrated Computer Game Play
Jason Liverton (B.A., Griffith University)
(7-8-98) The leisure
socialisation process is a major factor in determining an individuals perception
about their leisure competence, leisure control and ensuing leisure involvement
(Iso-Ahola, 1980). In the case of those who have experienced the effects of social
deprivation, such as those people with high physical support needs, it is important to
present them with the opportunity to restore or raise these perceptions. Considering that
people with and without high support needs alike seek computer game play experiences, it
was suggested that integrated computer game play may hold the catalytic properties
necessary for the restoration of perceived competence and control levels (Roarty, 1985;
Liverton, 1997; Hanley, 1996). In an effort to substantiate this claim, the effect of
computer game play upon levels of leisure competence and control was investigated.
|Leisure Behaviour Of People With Neuromuscular
Jason Liverton (B.A., Griffith University)
leisure experiences are vital for all members of the community as they offer relief from
the daily pressures of life and provide the opportunity to attain a lifestyle that is
healthy and optimistic (Hamlyn,1995). If Australias 20,000 children and adults with
a neuromuscular disorder (MDAA, 1996) stand to gain these benefits, they need greater
access to sought after leisure experiences, and assistance in overcoming the most
constraining of barriers. Despite having knowledge about the aforementioned benefits, very
few service providers currently facilitate leisure experiences chosen by people with a
neuromuscular disorder. To a large extent inadequate service provision can be attributed
to a lack of appropriate information.
|Microsoft and Sony to Sponsor Technology
Grants at NCOA Conference
and Sony will provide more than $30,000 in software and hardware to be distributed through
competitive grants at National Council On Aging's Annual Conference. The grant
competition challenges aging service professionals to present innovative programming for
older adults that incorporates computer technology. The organizations that come up
with the most creative plans will get tools to put their ideas into action.
NCOA is delighted and honored that Microsoft has agreed to
join in the process of identifying the best ways to effectively employ technology in our
senior service facilities. The grant submissions will be combined to create a national
database of model programs, available to all participants.
Only confirmed conference participants can submit their
proposals for consideration. Don't miss this opportunity to compete for thousands of
dol-lars in technological tools. Register for NCQA's 48th Annual Conference in Washington
D.C. before March 9, 1998 to receive a grant application.
For more information visit NCOA's web page at www.ncoa.org or
call (202) 479-6998.
|United Nations: Discrimination Against
'One of World's Largest Minorities' and the 'Silent Crisis' Cited on International Day of
by United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan
Special to SRD BULLETIN from Dr. Tzipporah Benavraham,
People to People Committee on Disability, New York City and Washington, D.C.
(2-9-98) United Nations, New York -- United Nations Secretary
General Kofi Annan made the following statement on the occasion of the recent
International Day of Disabled.
More than 500 million men, women and children suffer some
mental, physical or sensory impairment, making people with disabilities one of the world's
largest minorities. In developed and developing countries alike, people with disabilities
face discrimination and are found disproportionate among the poorest strata of society.
This is a "silent crisis".
Rights of People with Disabilities. The United Nations,
since its founding, has been at the center of global efforts to promote the well-being and
rights of people with disabilities.
The World Program of Action concerning Disabled Persons,
adopted by the General Assembly in 1982, and the United Nations Standard Rules on
Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 1993, represent
political and moral commitments by Member States to enhance disability prevention, to
improve rehabilitation and other services, and to fight against prejudice.
"ARTS, SPORTS, DISAIBLITIES". The theme of this
year's observance of International Day of Disabled Persons -- "Arts, Sports and
Disabilities" -- highlights the achievements and contributions of artists and
athletes with disabilities. Arts and sports play a vital role in preparing people with
disabilities for learning and career success.
Participation nurtures the independence and self-worth of
persons with disabilities, and contributes to the cultural and economic life of their
communities. This, in turn, can help bring about positive changes in public attitudes ...
BAN LANDMINES. The International Campaign to Ban
Landmines, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1997 ... [has] been highly successful in
raising pubic awareness about the devastating impact of anti-personnel mines on people and
societies, and in achieving agreement on a worldwide ban.
With an estimated 110 million mines and pieces of
unexploded ordnance already in the ground around the world, it is my great hope that the
landmark Convention on the prohibition of mines ... will help put an end to the terror and
disability wrought by these terrible weapons.
People with disabilities possess an enormous reservoir of
talent and energy that must be tapped. On the International Day of Disabled Persons, let
us remember that the world is not monolithic; and, let us renew our pledge to do our
utmost to build a world in which every citizen can participate fully and actively.
Start Planning Now for
National Therapeutic Recreation Week, July 12-18, 1998
at NTRS home page
This years theme is
"Therapeutic RecreationStaying on Course in a Sea of Change." The 1998
theme aims to educate internal and external audiences about the benefits of therapeutic
recreation in this day of mergers, reorganizations, and buyouts of hospitals and health
During the nationwide celebration,
agencies and individuals host health fairs, career days, festivals, wheelchair athletic
events, workshops, receptions, information booths and open houses. Proclamations, press
releases, articles and public service announcements also help enhance awareness during
National Therapeutic Recreation Week.
|AUSTIN AWARDED THIRD NATIONAL HONOR
submitted by Ellen K. Mathia,
(Feb 2, 1998, BLOOMR\IGTON, Ind.) -- David
Austin, professor ofthenpeutic recreation in the School of Health, Physical Education and
Recreation (HPER) at Indiana University, was recently selected to receive the
Distinguished Fellow Award from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)--
his third national professional award.
The ATRA honor recognizes Austin as a
professional in therapeutic recreation who has achieved highegt regard from peen, and ii
adolowledges his leadership. dedicafion. contributions and overall impact on the
Previously the recipient of Distingoished
Fellow Awards from the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the Society of Park and
Recreation Educators, Austin is believed to be the only individual to have received all
three of the highest honors attainable in his profession.
Austin is also coordinator of distance
learning for the TZI Department ofIiecreation and Park Administration.
|U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc. Unveils
1998 BLAZE License Tags
Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc., SPECIAL RECREATION DISGEST UPDATE, 98-1-23, Pub/Ed by John
(ATLANTA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire) BLAZE, the
colorful and highly popular mascot for the 1996 Paralympic Games, and the ongoing
representative of athletes with physical disabilities, is back in Georgia adorning the
most colorful license tag ever offered in the State. Part of the proceeds from the sale of
the license tag will benefit the US Disabled Athletes Fund (USDAF), the successor
organization to the Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee, and the sponsor of statewide
competitive sports programs for youth and young adults with physical disabilities.
''The BLAZE license tag was a very big seller
in 1996 and we expect that it will be again. Already the sports programs that it will help
support are changing the lives of young people with physical disabilities across Georgia -
- bringing values to these youths through competitive sports and positioning them for more
productive lives,'' stated Andy Fleming, President of the US Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc.
The BLAZE license tag is priced as a prestige
tag and carries a one-time $25 manufacturing fee and an annual charge of $25. The tag can
be renewed each year throughout the next four-year tag cycle for the annual fee only.
The mission of the US Disabled Athletes Fund
is to advance the disability sports movement in the United States so as to improve the
quality of life and economic self-sufficiency of Americans with physical disabilities. For
further information, contact USDAF at 770-850-8199.