Why is “play” just the purview of children? Who says that all of the wonderful benefits that the action of playing provides the kiddos—like promoting social interaction, creativity, problem solving, self-esteem, positivity, relationship building and so on—aren’t just as important for adults? Frivolity, enjoyment and escape are as vital as they are easy to dismiss. more
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So, our advice is get in touch with your inner playfulness. What constitutes recreation will vary widely from person to person but, if you are having fun, you’re on the right track.
At Abilities Expo, we can’t get enough of the inclusive dancing! Whether its hip hop, Latin, ballroom, zumba, line or interpretive, it is one of our fan-fave Expo activities and, when people pack into the Events Arena to get their groove on, we hope it’s just the start. While we are huge proponents of rocking out in your living room, the opportunities for people with disabilities to take dance lessons, perform and compete are steadily expanding across the country.
Others in the Community may focus their efforts on art, creatively expressing their skills and imagination through a variety of media. At times, adaptive art tools make the process possible. Things like paint poles, sponges or the literal transformation of a mobility device into a giant paintbrush eliminate barriers for people of all ages. Artists with disabilities let few things stand in the way of their creations, from woman who paints exquisite still life with her mouth, to the man with low vision who takes spellbinding photographs, to the boy with autism whose intricate collages reveal new depths of focus.
As independence and accessibility increases, so does the desire to take recreation on the road. For adventure seekers with disabilities and who are seniors, there are multiple resources to help travel the nation and the world. Companies and organizations that specialize in removing physical and attitudinal obstacles to free access will have you crossing things off your bucket list before you know it.
And while you are in search of your fun, recall the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
Enjoy the ride.