Special Issue "Leisure and Sport Activities among People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Challenges"
A special issue of Disabilities (ISSN 2673-7272).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 4393
Interests: intellectual disability; autism; wellbeing; community wellbeing; voluntary and community sector; leisure; lifestyle sports; participatory research
Interests: special education; inclusive education; developmental disabilities; inclusion; quantitative data analysis; psychology
Participation in leisure activities and sport offers immediate and longer-term benefits, such as enjoyment, learning new skills, improvements in physical and mental health, social interaction and the development of a sense of identity and belonging. Previous research has begun to evidence the diverse participation of people with different disabilities in leisure activities, both within segregated and mainstream spaces.
This Special Issue aims to move this field forward by compiling studies about “what works” to enable the leisure and sport participation of this diverse group. Particularly, there is an interest in studies describing novel approaches to enabling participation in people’s (adults that are 18+ years of age) preferred leisure and sport activities, including challenges and enabling factors, as well as different outcomes. Submissions are welcome for all impairment types, although we are particularly interested in understanding the experience of adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and/or neurodiversity, and from different settings/countries. We recognize that people with disabilities in general, and particularly adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities are a heterogeneous group. We have deliberately chosen a broad definition to move attention away from individual impairments and toward the commonalities between individuals based on shared histories of care, exclusion and discrimination. Such an approach reflects how services, interventions and activities to support these groups very often span different disabilities, and so will ensure that any learning provides the most utility. Methodologically, all forms of empirical research, literature reviews and papers that analyze policy implementation, conceptual frameworks and research methodologies will be considered.
Dr. Kris Southby
Prof. Dr. Matthias Grunke
Guest Editor Assistant
Manuscript Submission Information
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- intellectual disability
- developmental disabilities
- neuro diversity
- social inclusion
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Validation of an accessible tool to measure the wellbeing of adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism participating in leisure activities supported by voluntary and community organisations
Authors: Kris Southby
Affiliation: Centre for Health Promotion Research, School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS1 3HE, UK