Inclusive summer: 5 plans for people with disabilities

People with disabilities can improve their physical and mental well-being by doing various activities on vacation. Discover some interesting plans.

Last update: 08 July, 2021

Looking for plans for an inclusive summer? Inclusion can be defined as a set of policies, practices and attitudes aimed at integrating people with disabilities into society or with some other condition. In this way, everyone can participate and contribute actively.

To achieve this, attention must be paid to a diversity of aspects (family, educational, work) and, in turn, to the needs that these people have. The latter includes leisure and recreation, which are relevant components for the quality of life.

In particular, leisure activities they are an opportunity to contribute to his recovery and to his personal and social development. Hence the importance of having alternatives, with plans and spaces adapted to their condition, tastes and interests. Let's see below some options for this summer.

The best plans to enjoy an inclusive summer

There are a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy an inclusive summer with those family members or friends who have some type of disability. Right now, many places have adapted their spaces so that they too can have fun without being limited by their condition.

1. Travel in summer: country or city

Traveling during the summer is often the first choice of many people. This is the best way to know the cultural heritage of humanity. In turn, the health benefits of traveling are diverse.

For people with disabilities who travel, there are several alternatives, since many historical sites in major cities have managed to adapt their spaces and services to make them more accessible.

You can also visit a natural monument, or travel to the countryside to be in contact with nature, enjoy the landscape, breathe, rest and relax. In any case, Whatever the destination, it is important to request information before making reservations.

In this regard, there are portals, as well as studies on accessible tourism, in which details are given on the accessibility conditions of the sites.

Trips are interesting plans to live an inclusive summer. There are suitable alternatives both in the country and in the city.


2. Sun and water destinations

When the summer holidays come, Another highly demanded option is recreational activities in the water. Go to the sea, a river, a pool; Swimming, even diving, generate a lot of interest and appeal.

It is good to remember that swimming provides various benefits for people with disabilities, in relation to the muscular, skeletal, respiratory system. And there are even very fun water sports, good for mental health.

Now, in the case of swimming pools, which are found in hotel facilities, lack of accessibility is not an obstacle, as this is usually a matter dealt with by those who manage and design such spaces.

But this does not always happen on the beaches, as they are natural spaces, some of which are little used. In this sense, it is convenient to find out which beaches have the necessary elements to receive the disabled safely. These conditions include the following:

  • Parking spaces for people with disabilities.
  • Approach ramp, with a slope of less than 8 ° and a width greater than 1.20 meters.
  • Bathrooms that allow entry by wheelchair.
  • Signs for people with visual disabilities.

3. Sports for people with disabilities

The benefits of playing sports are diverse, and this claim is widespread among those with limited mobility or some other condition. Apart from the aforementioned water activities, there is a great variety in terms of exercises.

For example, there is the alternative of training with a handbike. Besides being a good aerobic exercise, it allows you to enjoy a walk outdoors. And for your safe practice, there are bike lanes in many cities.

Another way to take advantage of summer days training is to join a sports club or association to practice disciplines such as basketball, boxing, judo, tennis, fencing and even chess.

Of course, some of these activities need to be adapted, either through the use of a device, a change in the modality or with the support of a person, such as in cross-country athletics for the blind.

4. Summer camps for people with disabilities

Those who prefer something a bit calmer, but that also provides pleasant experiences, interrelating and socializing with others, can opt for a summer camp.

In these various recreational activities are carried out, such as interactive games, gymkhanas or others. They can be designed or adapted to the needs of people with disabilities.

Among other things, these camps often have qualified professionals in various areas, including health care. In addition, it is an ideal plan to integrate the whole family.

5. Culture is also accessible

Lastly, regarding plans for a more inclusive summer, there is also the option of going to cultural events or visiting museums and theaters. These always constitute a good alternative in terms of accessible leisure.

Even in these cultural institutions workshops and training programs in arts or other activities are usually held, aimed at people of all ages, regardless of their disability or condition. The offers are quite varied, with multisensory cultural activities, materials in Braille language, personnel who master sign language, among others.

The seventh art also enters the cultural offer. In this sense, more and more cinemas are fully accessible, where the spaces are adapted for those who move in a wheelchair, as well as the projections, for people with visual or hearing disabilities.

And when it comes to culinary culture, going out to eat to discover the gastronomic art of a region is always a delicious leisure option. Fortunately, there are restaurants with places accessible to everyone.

The gastronomic culture has been adapted to a great extent so that all people can access it regardless of their disability.


Importance of leisure for people with disabilities

For people with disabilities, doing recreational activities is very important, depending on their physical and mental well-being, as well as quality of life in general.

And it is that not only does it improve their mood, but by feeling included, their self-esteem increases, while they interact and socialize, becoming more empathetic with their family group. On the other hand, the physical activities in the open air contribute to the improvement of the physical condition and the integral development. In turn, they reduce the risks related to sedentary lifestyle.

It is appropriate to remember that leisure and recreation are a universal right. And the best way to enjoy free time is through activities that provide benefits on a physical, intellectual and social level.

Accessible leisure for an inclusive summer

In the investigations carried out on the subject, it is stated that an accessible society is one in which barriers have been removed that prevent full participation in multiple activities. Also in which there is a culture of tolerance and respect for differences.

In such a society, all citizens should be able to enjoy the various leisure spaces and activities, regardless of their condition, or their ethnic origin, sexual or religious orientation. Of course, this requires clear public policies.

Then the principles of universal design must be applied, in terms of accessibility and usability. They seek to benefit not only people with disabilities, but the general population.

In short, adaptations in public spaces are necessary, from beaches, parks, theaters, shopping centers, to cinemas or restaurants, so that everyone can enjoy, without exclusion.