- Adults with autism participate less in the community compared to adults with other diagnoses (e.g., intellectual disability, emo tional disturbance, and learning disabilities) (Myers et al., 2015; Orsmond et al., 2013).
- Quantitative studies have shown the benefits of participating in recreation and leisure activities for young adults with auti sm (Bishop Fitzpatrick et al., 2017; Garcia Villamisar & Dattilo, 2010; Stacey et al., 2019).
- The use of qualitative research has been recommended to offer a deeper understanding (Stacey et al., 2019).
- The lack of opportunity for young adults with autism to share their experiences and opinions can lead to a misunderstanding a nd mistreatment of adults with autism (Lam et al., 2020).
- Their perspectives are valuable for families, professionals, and the quality of life for adults with autism ( Hurlbutt & Chalmers, 2002).
PURPOSE: This qualitative inquiry explored the experience of community recreation and leisure activities from the perspective of young adults with autism.
AIM 1: D escribe the dimensions of participation with community recreation and leisure activities from the perspective of young adults with autism.
AIM 2: Describe the determinants of participation with community recreation and leisure activities from the perspective of young adults with autism.
Taylor, OTD, OTR/L, EIS, Alexandria and Carroll, OTD, OTR/L, Amy, "Exploring Community Recreation and Leisure of Young Adults with Autism" (2022). Department of Occupational Therapy Posters and Presentations. Paper 76.