Feature Article - October 2007
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Play For All

Therapeutic Recreation Embraces All Abilities

By Dana Carman



Talking About Therapeutic Recreation

The NRPA hosts the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI), which takes place in October this year in Reston, Va. The NIRI event is for those interested in learning more about the inclusion process through workshops and training, as well as a forum for discussion on inclusion issues, ideas and opportunities.

This year's NIRI includes an off-site workshop visit to Clemyjontri Park, in McLean, Va., which Recreation Management featured in its July 2007 Supplement on recreation and sport surfaces.

Clemyjontri is a playground especially designed for children with disabilities and features many innovative ways to stimulate and engage children with all types of disability and also offers children without disabilities a wonderful place to play and broaden their world. For more information on this special park, visit www.clemypark.com.

The date for the 2008 NIRI has already been set for September 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. More information can be found on the NRPA's Web site at www.nrpa.org.

Similarly, there are organizations and symposiums around the country discussing therapeutic recreation: