Through the Lens of a Camera: Exploring the Meaning of Physical Activity Participation Among Youth with Disabilities Through Photovoice
Patti Craig, Ph.D., CTRS/L and Semra Aytur, PhD, MPH (University of New Hampshire), in partnership with Northeast Passage
•Youth with disabilities face barriers to participation in athletics, particularly in after school settings - despite policies such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which aims to ensure that K-12 schools provide youth with disabilities opportunities to participate in physical activity and extracurricular athletics equal to those of their peers
•As a result of limited sport opportunities for youth with disabilities, community-based therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports organizations have emerged to fill the gaps by providing a cost-effective alternative for schools
Project Description: This Photovoice study explores the meaning of physical activity participation and competitive sport experiences among youth athletes with disabilities.
•Members of the Northeast Passage Wildcats Sled Hockey Team
Methods: Photovoice, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups were used to explore the meaning of sports participation from the perspective of youth with physical disabilities (n=8; ages 9-18).
Health Issues: Physical activity, positive youth development