Spring 2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Swimming can be a valuable activity for children with special needs, but parents may not feel comfortable taking their child to public pool facilities. The researcher investigated how parents feel about taking their child with special needs to open swim. Members of aquatic organizations were asked how to create a safe swim program that allows children to have their own time to swim. Findings from the interviews and research literature revealed that children with special needs would benefit both physically and socially from having an open swim program tailored to them. An open swim program was developed that provided children with special needs a safe and fun environment, and gave parents a sense of security and comfort when their child participated.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department