Recreation and leisure activities are critical dimension of the quality of life for all youth, including people with disabilities. There are a vehicle through which youth have fun, meet new friends, and develop skills & competencies. Recreation/leisure activities are given low priority as an area in which support and assistance are provided.

For youth with disabilities integrated leisure and social activities can by a key to community participation. Many recreation and leisure activities offer opportunities for meeting others, engaging in social interactions, and developing friendships. It is often these relationships that make leisure activities most meaningful.

Many youth are still limited to segregated recreation and leisure choices. When other opportunities are offered, they often involve taking groupings of youth with disabilities to large public settings, while very little support is offered for individualized participation in community settings that offer greater opportunities for social connections and relationships