Children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism frequently want to participate in extracurricular and community recreation programs. Indeed, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public programs or programs that receive federal funds cannot limit program participation on the basis of disability if a child meets the participation criteria and can participate when provided with reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are individualized techniques and resources used to enhance program participation without fundamentally altering a program.
Including children with diverse abilities in recreational programs can enrich the experience for everyone involved. By identifying reasonable accommodations and supports adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism can successfully participate in extracurricular and community recreation programs. Parents, staff, and ideally the children themselves, can work together to support success for the child.