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Societies 2017, 7(3), 22;

Leisure for People with Disabilities in Rural Quebec

Department of leisure, culture and tourism studies, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7, Canada
Department of psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7, Canada
Department of anthropology, Université Laval, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, bureau 3431, 1030, avenue des Sciences-Humaines,, Québec (Québec,) G1V 0A6, Canada
School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Montpetit Hall, 125 University, room 232, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Received: 9 June 2017 / Revised: 23 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 2 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards a Sustainable Community, Work and Family Interface)
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Leisure is an instrument used to facilitate the social integration of people with disabilities. However, it requires significant knowledge of the needs and expectations of this clientele, who often experience isolation, especially in rural areas. The general objective of this study was to attempt to identify and understand the realities experienced by the partners of the Quebec Association for Leisure for People with Disabilities, who offer various services and leisure activities to people with disabilities in rural Quebec. Through focus groups and semi-structured interviews with seventy local stakeholders, this study highlights the fact that the needs of organizations offering recreational activities to people with disabilities are increasingly urgent, especially in terms of finances, paratransit, accessibility, specialized human resources and consultation. This study also demonstrates that recreational activities are essential for the social and identity development of people with disabilities, but also for the development of more inclusive and connected rural communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: people with disabilities; leisure; rural communities; stakeholders; Quebec people with disabilities; leisure; rural communities; stakeholders; Quebec
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Roult, R.; Carbonneau, H.; Belley-Ranger, É.; St-Onge, M.; Brunet, I.; Adjizian, J.-M. Leisure for People with Disabilities in Rural Quebec. Societies 2017, 7, 22.

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