Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Recreation and Sport Management

Major Professor

Angela Wozencroft

Committee Members

Jason Scott, Steven N. Waller


This project sought to understand the experiences of service providers, particularly the barriers that were encountered in serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a developmental disorder that manifests uniquely in each individual and impacts all aspects of life for those who receive this diagnosis. This project proposed the utilization of a preliminary survey and semi-structured interviews to collect data from recreation service providers. The literature surrounding access to recreation for individuals with ASD is limited, especially from the experiences and perspectives of service providers. The researchers found that barriers to recreation for those with ASD perceived by recreation service providers fell into seven major themes. These themes were then categorized into three types of constraints: interpersonal, intrapersonal, and structural. This project examined the perspectives and experiences of local service providers and attempted to begin closing the gap in the literature surrounding recreational participation by those with ASD. The study was conducted in a Southeastern city in the United States, in a pilot study that could be replicated in communities across the country.

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