Official program : Official program.pdf


Tuesday october 22nd

10h00 to 17h00 Registration

13h00 to 16h30

(by regsitration)

Pre-symposium events

  • Experimentation of outdoors adapted equipment
  • Visit of Victoriaville, first city to receive the '' Destination for all '' label (to be confirmed)
  • Workshop on the universal design of leisure programming
  • Salon of Inclusive Tools

Opening speeches

  • Message from the Minister, Ms. Isabelle Charest (to be confirmed)
  • Message from the Vice-Rector of Research, Mr. Sébastien Charles


Opening Panel: International Design of the Inclusive Leisure Experience

  • Lynn Anderson, United States
  • Frédéric Reichhart, France
  • Serenella Besio, Italy
  • Anne Marcellini, Swiss
  • Hélène Carbonneau, Canada


(by inscription)

Welcome cocktail reception


Wednesday october 23rd



Poster session with a contest for students


Opening conference : An Education Model to Promote Inclusive Leisure Services

John Dattilo, United States

9h30 to 10h15

Panel : Inclusive community

  • Adrienne Johnson, United States
  • Susan Hutchinson, Canada
  • Diana Cuadras Collsamata, Spain

10h15 to 10h45 


Poster session 

Exhibitors visit

10h45 to 12h15 



Session 1

Panel : Leisure, culture and identity

  • Mary Ann Devine, United States
  • Adrienne Johnson, United States
  • Kenneth Mobily, United States


* With simultaneous translation

Session 2

Sport and inclusion (1)


Session chair : Anne Marcellini

Session 3

Inclusion and aging populations (1)


Session chair : Susan Hutchinson

Session 4

Outdoor and inclusion


Session chair : Diana Cuadras Collsamata

Session 5

Childhood, family and inclusion


Session chair :

Keiko Shikako-Thomas

12h15 to 13h30


Poster session

Exhibitors visit

13h30 to 15h00


Session 6

Sport and inclusion (2) 


Session chair : to be confirmed


* With simultaneous translation

Session 7

Awareness and inclusion


Session chair : Adrienne Johnson

Session 8

Inclusion and aging populations (2)


Session chair : Darla Fortune

Session 9

Inclusion, art and culture


Session chair : Aude Porcedda


Tourism and inclusion


Session chair : Frédéric Reichhart

Session 10

Summer camp


Session chair : Hélène Carbonneau

15h00 to 15h15


Poster session

Exhibitors visit

15h14 to 15h45

Flourishing flow leisure model


Lynn Anderson, United States

15h45 to 16h15

Closing conference : Belonging and inclusion


Kenneth Mobily, United States

16h15 to 16h30

Award ceremony for the poster competition




Thursday, october 24th


Welcome (coffee and brioche)


Opening speeches

9h15 to 9h45

Opening conference : Adapted or inclusive services, two visions

Frédéric Reichhart, France


9h45 to 10h15

Conference : What is inclusive leisure experience?

Hélène Carbonneau, Canada

Marc St-Onge, Canada

10h15 to 10h30


Exhibitors visit

10h30 to 12h00 


Exchange Workshop: The Inclusive Leisure Experience: Challenges and Avenues for Action

Following the assessment of previous years, the OQL keeps its priority of organizing reflection and exchange workshops. This will be a good opportunity to discuss current issues, share inspiring practices in inclusion, learn more about the range of services offered, and formulate new proposals to enhance our offer.

12h00 to 13h15


The André Thibault Scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a student who has distinguished himself for his innovative ideas to develop public recreation in Quebec.

13h15 to 14h45

Panel and Exchange: Inclusive Turn: Innovative Experiences and dialogue between knowledge and application


It is not uncommon to hear that field expertise develops on a trial-and-error basis while the scientific field usually develops in a more theoretical perspective without real applications.

Presented in the form of a dialogue, the OQL offers a time for reflection and exchange on the co-production of knowledge and their transfer to encourage its appropriation and application in useful and meaningful ways.

Inspired by realities, three issues that aim to create more inclusive physical and social environments will be briefly presented. Faced with the challenges of finding innovative and often innovative solutions for inclusive experience, dialogue is taking place between knowledge actors and implementation actors in order to identify a constructive approach that has led to the co-creation of solutions and application of results.


Following these three presentations, the OQL proposes a period of exchange aimed at clarifying the contents and contributing to the establishment of concerted initiatives between the world of research and the field actors of the field of leisure.

14h45 to 15h00


Exhibitors visit

15h00 to 15h45

Closing conference : Towards a more inclusive society

Anne Marcellini, France


Testimonial: Living Inclusion in Daily Life and Quality of Life

Judith Bastien, Bail Mauricie, Canada


Closing speeches and cocktail celebration 50 years of leisure at UQTR and unveiling of a commemorative work of art by a recreational builder


Keynotes speaker


Lynn Anderson, United States

Dr. Lynn Anderson, CTRS, CPRP, FDRT, FALS is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at State University of New York at Cortland, and the director for the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center. She has been active in the field of therapeutic recreation, inclusion, and outdoor recreation for over 40 years. Dr. Anderson is the program coordinator for the graduate therapeutic recreation online programs at SUNY Cortland, where she has developed and delivered online curriculum to graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Anderson serves as editor and reviewer for several journals in the field and has written two textbooks, including the text Therapeutic Recreation Practice: A Strengths Approach, published by Sagamore-Venture Publishing. Her research focuses on inclusion, strengths approach, flourishing through leisure, and therapeutic benefits of nature-based experiences. She has her master’s degree in outdoor recreation and park management from the University of Oregon and her Ph.D. in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota.


Serenella Besio, Italy

Professor Besio is one of the researchers of the LUDI Group, an international research network on play for children with disabilities. Her work demonstrates the right to play for all children. Her contribution to the conference will highlight the importance of developing inclusive approaches from childhood to promote the optimal development of people with disabilities.


Hélène Carbonneau, Canada

Hélène Carbonneau is a professor in the Department of Leisure, Culture and Tourism Studies at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She holds a doctorate in gerontology from the Université de Sherbrooke. Her implications for research revolve around the notion of leisure experience (in particular the inclusive leisure experience) in relation to the health and positive development of individuals and in particular, for people with disabilities or vulnerability. Recipient of the 2019 Leisure Scholar Award from the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.


Diana Cuadras Collsamata, Spain

Diana Cuadras Collsamata is a professor at URL, Université Ramon Llull, FCPEE, Facultat de Psicologia i Ciències de l'Educació i Esport. She is also director of the École de Voile de Mataró and president of « l' Associacio de vela Accessible i vela per a tothom Mediterrània ». She also acts as a physical educator in charge of Mission PEAS, -Pla d' Educació a l'Activitat en Salut, at Mental Health Network PSSJDD.


John Dattilo, United States

Dr. Dattilo is Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University where he teaches from an applied, philosophical, and ethical perspective. He is author of several editions of Inclusive Leisure Services and Leisure Education Program Planning and co-author of Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation and Application of Behavior Analysis in Leisure Contexts. For 35 years, he has conducted interdisciplinary research with the two-pronged purpose to: (a) provide a forum for people experiencing oppression to share their voices, and (b) gain insight into ways to empower others to negotiate constraints to leisure so that they increase the chance their life will be meaningful and happy.


Mary Ann Devine, United States

Dr. Mary Ann Devine, is a Professor at Kent State University in the Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management program and directs the Disability Studies and Community Inclusion minor/graduate Certificate. Her research interests are in the area of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in leisure and physical activity contexts as they relate to healthy active living for individuals with disabilities. She has conducted numerous studies examining aspects of the inclusion process such as social acceptance, social construction of disability, attitudinal barriers, and best practices. Finding from Dr. Devine’s research have been used in more than 20 countries to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. In 2008, Dr. Devine was the recipient of the Gonzaga DeGama Researcher of the year award by the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion/National Recreation and Park Association. The American Association for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities selected Dr. Devine as a research delegate for their International Research and Exchange program in 2017. Currently Dr. Devine is leading a research project using Virtual Reality to examine the barriers and facilitators to health promoting physical activity for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. 


Darla Fortune, Canada

Darla Fortune is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. The inclusion of marginalized individuals, particularly within community leisure spaces and practices, is a central theme in her research. Her interest in inclusion was shaped by research that sought to discover ways women returning to community from federal prison could be supported and recognized as valued and contributing citizens. As a postdoctoral fellow, Darla worked with the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance on research aimed to guide a cultural shift in dementia care that embraces relational approaches supporting inclusion. Darla continues to work on research examining experiences of inclusion with a focus on belonging for marginalized individuals. Specifically, Darla strives to develop broader perspectives of inclusion while working to enhance experiences of belonging, particularly for individuals most at risk of being stigmatized and excluded.


Susan Hutchinson, Canada

Dr. Susan Hutchinson's current research builds on her interest in the role of leisure and recreation as a resource for living well with chronic health conditions or acquired disabilities. Leisure education has been a key vehicle for helping people develop knowledge, skills and confidence for leisure participation. Most recently she is been part of a Recreation for Mental Health project which has focused on creating training and practice guidelines for creating welcoming spaces and programs for people living with mental health challenges.


Adrienne Johnson, United States

Adrienne Johnson have held an academic appointment as Lecturer in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Iowa for four years. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist through UNCCRI. She have been a candid advocate for inclusive recreation, presenting on the subject at conferences in the state of Iowa, regionally at the Midwest Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, and internationally. Her professional affiliations include her role as President-Elect on the Iowa Therapeutic Recreation Association Board and also hold a local committee position with Special Olympics Iowa. Prior to her academic appointment, she had ten years of experience as an administrator in the field of inclusive recreation and leisure services.


Anne Marcellini, France

Anne Marcellini is a professor at the Institute of Sport Sciences, LINES Life Course and Inequality Research Center, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She has been interested in the issue of inclusion for twenty years. More specifically, she has for many years conducted research in the field of physical and sports practices of people living with disabilities.


Kenneth Mobily, United States

Ken Mobily have three primary areas of scholarship: therapeutic recreation, ethics, and disability studies. All three also intersect at the idea of inclusion. Within therapeutic recreation he have completed a considerable number of studies that examine exercise behavior among older adults: what motivates them to begin exercise, and what gets them to "stick with it." A recent publication in this area is entitled "Aquatic exercise among older adults: A qualitative investigation." Second, he have written over decades on the ethics of therapeutic recreation with an eye toward it becoming excessively limiting and clinical. A recent publication in this area is "The Social Construction of the Moral Values of Activity." Disability studies is an area that naturally is concerned with inclusion and he have recently started a research projects in this area, with a recent publication titled "Eugenics and the playground movement."


Frédéric Reichhart, France

Professor Frédéric Reichhart is a senior lecturer in sociology at the Higher National Institute of Training and Research for the Education of Disabled Children and Adapted Teaching (INSHEA) since 2012, where he directs the Master for conselor in accessibility and support for persons with special needs. Member of the Research Group on Disability, Accessibility and Educational and School Practices (GRHAPES), his research focuses on the social representations of disability in the French-speaking world and on accessibility, particularly in the tourist field and cultural. In 2011, he published a book on Harmattan entitled Tourism and Disability: Adapted Tourism or Leisure Tourism for the Neglected, and is the author of numerous articles in scientific and vulgarization journals.