Parks and Recreation provides specialized services for individuals with disabilities including social clubs, family-centered programming, camps, adapted classes and leisure education.
In addition, we provide modifications upon request for individuals with disabilities in our general recreation programs.
Access and Inclusion
The Department of Parks & Recreation is committed to providing positive recreation experiences and opportunities for all participants with disabilities with varying support needs.
The Therapeutic Recreation office can work with participants, parents/guardians, and staff to help ensure that modifications are in place to promote an enjoyable and successful program experience. Advanced notice for any requests for modifications are welcome.
Access and Inclusion
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In the Community
Looking for additional resources outside of Parks & Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities? Click on the link below to learn about local community resources
Learn More about how we have teamed up with the National Inclusion Project.
Volunteer with TR
Looking to make a difference in your community? Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through the TR Office.
The study of the recreation and park industries encompasses a broad range of events and activities. A few of the many specialties within this growing field are gerontology, youth organizations, parks and forestry, public recreation, specialized facility management, commercial enterprising, therapeutic recreation, community inclusion, sports management, resource management, and recreation and parks administration.
Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management Degree Programs
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Master of Science in Parks and Recreation Management Degree Programs
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UNC Greensboro’s Community and Therapeutic Recreation program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies. COAPRT is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is sponsored through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). Learn more about the CTR departmental accreditation.
“Whenever I’m feeling anxious, the best thing I can do is to plan something,” Anderfuren, a lecturer at Northern Arizona University, told me. “At some point, I will get to Vancouver. Right now … I can travel around the world—on Pinterest,” she said with a laugh. Though the trip is off for now, Anderfuren said that she’s continuing to save—or pin, in the site’s parlance—items to the board that she had originally used to plan the vacation, because the exercise keeps her grounded. She picked Vancouver in part because she’s a huge fan of The X-Files, which was primarily filmed in the area. “People have made Google Maps, and they’ve pinned all the different locations of the places [where] things are shot for different shows,” Anderfuren told me of her Vancouver finds. Her 13-year-old daughter, a Nancy Drew obsessive, got excited after hearing that the CW adaptation had been shot there too.
Perhaps surprisingly, pinning has become a quarantine activity for the household. Because they’re not in school, Anderfuren’s children are spending some of their newfound free time adding their own itinerary ideas to the vacation board. Though the landscape of Arizona allows Anderfuren and her family to retreat to nature relatively often, they largely stay at home; Pinterest is just one way they’re dealing with the stresses of social distancing.
It makes sense that Pinterest’s aspiration-oriented audience would be primed to use the platform amid such unprecedented global isolation. Kiara Diaz, a 19-year-old college student in Florida, has been on Pinterest for only four months, but in light of current events, she says that the site’s travel community has helped her stay optimistic about the remainder of 2020. “You have so much time to look at your boards, plan online, and look at the stuff and save money for what you wanna do in the future,” she told me of quarantine.
Diaz continues to pin travel posts to keep focused on the joy that she imagines returning to later. While waiting out the lengthy travel hiatus, Diaz is planning bigger than she otherwise might have, hoping to realize the lofty vacation dreams she had discussed with family members before the pandemic. For example, she and her mother had always talked about going to Greece together, and she and her brother had been wanting to visit Japan. So far, one Pinterest-suggested item has made it onto the latter agenda: “I’m a huge Mario Kart fan, and they have a real-life thing where you can go and go-kart,” she said.
Similar to Diaz, the U.K.-based travel blogger Imani Adeyemo has found some of her most interesting travel ideas on Pinterest. (When we chatted, she mentioned learning about snow monkeys in Japan and the best times to see the northern lights in Iceland.) Also like Diaz, Adeyemo has started to rethink how she uses Pinterest as a future-planning tool.
Therapeutic Recreation (or TR) is one of the fastest growing health-related professions. Certified TR specialists serve individuals with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. They may also serve senior citizens and youth who are at risk in both the institutional and community settings. Other settings could include hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, wilderness programs, community centers, and senior centers.
The TR program is an emphasis you can choose within the Recreation Management major. The program allows students the opportunity to become certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who would like TR?
Therapeutic Recreation is the path for you if you enjoy: Serving other people in various capacities. The outdoors, physical activities, and other forms of unconventional therapy. Interacting with the senior citizens, people with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, or youth.
TR would make it possible for you to serve others for a living.
Careers in TR
Recreation Therapist Director of Therapeutic Recreation Activity Therapy Adjunct Therapies Senior Citizen Programmer Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Supervisor Clinical Specialist Health care Consultant Senior Therapist
For Therapeutic Recreation Certification Standard
The academic path to become certified as a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) requires a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation. A minimum of 18 semester hours of therapeutic recreation and general recreation content coursework with no less than a minimum of 9 semester hours in therapeutic recreation content. Supportive courses to include a total of 18 semester hours of support coursework in the content area of anatomy and physiology, abnormal psychology and human growth and development across the lifespan. (see page 6 of certification standards) There are other paths explained.
National Council of Therapeutic Certification Standards See your advisor in the Recreation Management Office for more information on a path so you can sit for the test to become a CTRS.
The Park System’s Therapeutic Recreation division was recently honored with the NJRPA Excellence in Health & Wellness Programming Award for its Senior Hikers Program.
The mission of the Therapeutic Recreation Division is to provide access to recreational opportunities for Monmouth County residents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in order to enhance physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning, as well as a sense of belonging to the community.
About Therapeutic Recreation
We provide specialized year-round recreation programs for individuals with special needs and are also available to recommend other appropriate Park System programs, community links and support. Our office is located at the Dorbrook Recreation Area Activity Center, Colts Neck. Dorbrook is also home to the Park System’s Challenger Place Playground and Sprayground.
It is the philosophy of the Monmouth County Park System to provide modifications for individuals with disabilities (who meet minimum eligibility requirements – with or without a modification – documented for the specific program) to participate in regular Park System programs. It is our intent to provide a safe, successful and enjoyable experience for all.
We understand that not every person with a special need desires specialized programming. Therefore, through our Inclusion Process we will assist and advise prospective participants and families who are interested in general recreation programs offered through the Park System.
Learn more about available services, supports and accommodations.
The Therapeutic Recreation Division offers several exciting options for individuals looking to partake in summer camp day programs.
Learn all about our camp offerings here!
Adult Day Services
Our day programs for adults are designed to provide comprehensive individual services for adults with I/DD in our community. We are an approved DDD/Medicaid Provider in the Supports and Community Care (CCP) Programs.
Learn more about our adult day service offerings.
Kids on the Block KOTB is an interactive puppet show designed to teach children about acceptance. A Japanese style of puppetry called Bunraku is used to bring the puppets to life and helps to create an atmosphere where children feel comfortable with the characters in the show.
Topics available include:
Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs
Each show typically consists of three program topics and runs approximately 60 minutes. There is a limit of two shows per day. The maximum group size per show is 75.
Spray and Play
Spray and Play is available to organized groups serving individuals with special needs. The program allows special needs groups access to Dorbrook Recreation Area’s Sprayground facility during a designated time while being closed to the general public. The Sprayground combines water fun with the safety of a cushiony surface. Our intent is to provide an environment that is not over-stimulating and enables children to interact and learn appropriate play with the