Parks and Recreation >> Therapeutic Recreation
Contact: Jessica Morgan, CTRS - Program Assistant
2105 Mack Road - Deer Lick Park
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
- Fax: 770.920.7191
What is Therapeutic Recreation?
As defined by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use leisure opportunities in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation includes functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation. These three elements enable people with limitations to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being, and increase independence; learn recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and experience health and growth through rewarding leisure and recreation experiences. We help those with special needs improve cognitive, emotional, social, physical, leisure, and spiritual functioning through purposeful use of Recreation and intervention techniques.
All of the programs, special events and services offered through Douglas County Parks and Recreation are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.We need your help!
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section strives to deliver the best programs, goods and services to its consumers. We are constantly seeking ways to enhance and add programs, events, classes and more! The Therapeutic Recreation Section relies on competent volunteers, proactive coaches, donations of gently used sports equipment, and community support and involvement on a variety of levels. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129.
Camp and Special Events
Douglas County Parks and Recreation offers a Summer Camp during four weeks of the summer months, for ages 13 and older. winter break camp for special needs ages 14-21 years old is offered for one week in December. Deer Me, is a way to enjoy Discovering what I can do, Empowering me to be myself, Energizing me to learn new skills, and Reach my goals. Both camps include a T-Shirt and loads of inclusive travel opportunities to special locations, theme parks, historical sites, and other parks for days packed with fun. Call Jessica Morgan at 770-920-7129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, registration dates, or to sign up. New campers will be required to go through an interview and assessment process for approval. Please check the website often as other special events will be added and updated accordingly.
Camp and Special Events
Check out our Seasonal Calendar of events, classes, and programs under "Downloadable Documents" section. Participation in items in black ink are a part of the seasonal $25.00 fee that covers costs of supplies and facilities and allows you priority sign ups for classes and programs! Special Olympics Practices are also on this calendar for your convince and is generally a free service to athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up
Special Olympics Georgia, in collaboration with and facilitated through Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports programs, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has an unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together.
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section consistently offers opportunities for those persons who are interested in volunteering by supporting our local athletes. By becoming a volunteer, you may be eligible to receive free training by Special Olympics Certified Coaches, lodging during State competitions, as well as transportation.
We additionally offer Unifed Sports in basketball, softball, bocce, tennis, equestrian, swimming, track and field, bowling, and power-lifting. Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. Please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.
VSA Arts of Georgia
- VSA Arts of Georgia provides access to the arts for people with disabilities and those with low income. VSA Arts of Georgia is a State-wide resource working with artists and organizations to fulfill our vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts. These resources include, but are not limited to, Zoo Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, and Fox Theatre. Contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.