Supporting Inclusive Health Through Parks and Recreation

Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

Track: Equity and Inclusion


For centuries, individuals with intellectual disabilities have been one of the most marginalized and alienated populations in our society. Park and recreation agencies have the ability to not only provide inclusive health solutions that foster healthy activities with participation by both individuals with and without intellectual disabilities — helping to not only break down barriers to physical health, but also address stigma and alienation and improve social and emotional health. Join the National Recreation and Park Association and a self-advocate with an intellectual disability to discuss the importance of inclusivity, and the impact a newly developed inclusive health policy best practice guide can have on communities across the country.


Learning Outcomes:

Learn ways in which to promote inclusive health through park and recreation programs and policies.



Maureen Neuman

Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Maureen Neuman is a program manager on NRPA's health and wellness team, supporting various programs, including the Parks for Inclusion program, ensuring that everyone has equitable access to the benefits of parks and recreation.

Kathleen Maggi
Health Messenger, Special Olympics

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