Social work

experience and methods

Persons with mobility impairments participation in ngos’ recreational activities: meanings, experiences, expectations


Creating interpersonal relationships may be problematic for people with
mobility impairments due to negative attitudes of the people themselves
or those of society. The recreational activities provided by NGOs focus on
addressing social inclusion issues and helping people with impairments
integrate into the community as its equal members. The following problematic
issues are raised: In what ways is participation in recreational
activities significant for persons with mobility impairments? What are the
experiences of people with mobility impairments in terms of creating (developing)
interpersonal relationships? What are the expectations of people
with mobility impairments in terms of creating (developing) interpersonal
The object of the research is the factors of the development of relationships
between persons with movement disabilities through participation in
NGO employment activities. The aim of the study is to highlight the factors
involved in the participation of people with mobility disabilities in NGO
leisure activities through revealed interpersonal relationships and expectations.
A qualitative research study was carried out; research methods: semistructured
interview, content analysis. Respondents of the study: 5 persons with mobility impairments participating in recreational activities provided
by NGOs.
Based on the study, the factors of participation in recreational activities
that influence the creation (development) of interpersonal relationships of
persons with mobility impairments were highlighted. It was revealed that
people with mobility impairments have expectations of developing interpersonal
relationships with persons without disabilities – when communicating
with such persons, people with impairments would have a greater
motivation to participate actively The results of the research show that persons
with mobility impairments expect on the one hand the fulfillment of
the competences (including sociocultural) and roles of the social worker as
a specialist, on the other hand they expect equal interaction/cooperation
with the social worker in leisure employment activities, i.e., fulfilling the
role of a social worker as a member of a group or team.

Keywords: persons with mobility, recreational activities, social activities, interpersonal relationships.


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