Outdoor adventure activities can be beneficial for persons with or without disabilities. It’s important to experience a bit of fun no matter the circumstances are in our lives whether it is mobility, hearing, and other impairments.
It is realized that people who have limited ability love the outdoors too and want to participate in outdoor activities for the same reasons that any person would want to; to interact with nature, see beautiful places, meet new and interesting people and make friends.
The benefits are no different: increase in all aspects of personal growth such as self confidence and motivation and an appreciation for nature and the great outdoors. If you are a disabled person you may simply want to test your limits.
The main concerns about having an adventurous life with physical impairments are:Transportation
In the past, individuals were unable to partake in activities due to barriers or limitations such as transportation and general attitude to the situation. Other limitations were that there wasn’t enough trained and competent staff in programs.
With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) there is now a great opportunity due to the numerous adaptations that have been made to make travel , learning programs and challenge courses accessible to everyone, regardless of physical or emotional ability.
The demand for products and services is increasing, and so must the advancement of technology. There is now a wide range of equipment available to children and adults to assist them in having outdoor adventure.
Activities such as fishing have specialized equipment to make participating in these activities easier, and the individual would have to put in less effort while still enjoying the activities. There is equipment for people who have poor grips for activities such as golf and fishing.
Some destinations such as resorts are now fully accessible and they have staff that is trained to for activities such as scuba diving, playing golf, horseback riding and rafting.
Other organizations such as recreational camps may have trained and certified instructors for trips that are planned and conducted with the disabled in mind. Such activities include fishing, hunting and of course, camping!
There are now even programs specific to certain needs. For example, some camps cater to kids with learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) which would definitely have a positive impact on their development.
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