Camp Independence

The St Louis Children’s Hospital has developed an adapted summer camp (Camp Independence) that integrates standardized assessments, and opportunities to engage in several adapted sports.


This website provides predictors of what causes limitations to participating in leisure activities.


The aim of this newsletter is to publicize the latest investigations and studies to help the situation of disabled people and promoting social participation.

Leisure Information Network

LIN is charged with the responsibility of designing, managing, and maintaining the National Recreation Database (NRDB) for intergovernmental, public good, research and access purposes.

Participation Hub

Participation Knowledge Hub is an online website that provides useful information to children, parents and service providers with the goal to promote the participation of children and youth in leisure activities. On the website one can find research summaries, success stories, tips for increased participation and tools to measure participation.

Determinants of leisure participation in children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)

Although participation in leisure is influenced by multiple factors related to the child, family and environment that are not all necessarily amenable to change, this information can help professionals predict which children and adolescents are at higher risk for low involvement in leisure activities. With this information, professionals can provide support according to each individuals unique situation to promote greater participation in leisure activities and therefore lead healthier lifestyles.

What influences participation in leisure activities of children and youth with physical disabilities? A systemic review.

A search was conducted in the scientific literature to identify the different variables that influence children and youth with disabilities to participate in leisure activities. Children that continuously receive rehabilitation are more likely to participate in activities. Authors reported that age, gender, gross motor function, manual ability, cognitive ability, and communicative skills, are the most important variables effecting youths’ participation in leisure activities.

Promoting Leisure Participation as Part of Health and Well-Being in Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy

Children with CP often do not have the opportunity to participate in leisure. The authors of this article reported that while there are many factors influencing level of participation in leisure activities, there is a lack of evidence on how to target these factors effectively. Since leisure activity is related to the quality of life of children and youth, it should be put forth as a healthy habit.

Participation of Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Scoping Review

There is much evidence that participation of children and youth with disabilities in leisure activities is limited and restricted compared to their developing peers. If schools and communities provided more information, support and accessible activities, children and youth with disabilities would participate in more activities and therefore have a better quality of life.