A Journey to the Falls

 

As you may know, it can sometimes be difficult for an individual with an intellectual disability to operate within a social situation. These individuals may be less observant or may misinterpret the social cues of others in the community. This is one of the many reasons why our Adult Social Recreation program created years ago. This unique program provides adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities that support community integration and helps develop social skills within a group setting.

Traveling with Adult Social Rec: 

For many people, going on a day trip may seem like an easy thing to plan and execute, but for the members of our Adult Social Recreation program, there can be many challenges. The program combats some of these challenges by offering weekly recreational activities. Past research has shown that participation in recreational activities helps people with intellectual disabilities to become integrated in the community, to gain a better perception life quality, and to acquire adaptive skills.

For one of our clients, Meredith, going to Niagara Falls was something she never believed would be possible, that was until she joined the Adult Social Recreation program.  A Syracuse native, Meredith (pictured front and center above), did not have the means or knowledge to travel such a distance. She also did not have a social network to enjoy such a trip with. ASR provided transportation and the opportunity to spend the day with a group of peers with similar backgrounds. In the video below, you can see just how much Meredith and the group enjoyed visiting one of the natural wonders of the world.

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