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Proceedings of the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium

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Approximately 16% of United States residents report having some sort of physical disability that limits their recreation participation. Many of these individuals may have an abundance of free time due to unemployment, part-time work status, or retirement, and therefore recreation and leisure have the potential to provide great meaning in their lives. Qualitative and quantitative data from a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan was used to better understand the outdoor recreation habits and perceptions of Pennsylvania residents with disabilities. Using descriptive, chi square, and ANOVA statistics, results indicate that these individuals perceive fewer benefits from outdoor activities, experience different types of constraints to participation, and have different perceptions of accessibility compared to individuals without disabilities. Results of this data analysis provide a better understanding of the perceptions that Pennsylvanians with disabilities have regarding future outdoor recreation participation, benefits of participation, and accommodations to facilitate participation.