The Illinois Recreational Therapy
Association (ILRTA) is a state membership
organization representing the interests
and needs of recreational therapists.
ILRTA is a chapter of the American
Therapeutic Recreation Association
and an affiliate member of the Illinois
Park and Recreation Association.
Recreational therapists are health
care providers using recreational
therapy interventions for improved
functioning of individuals with
illness or disabling conditions.
The parent organization, the American
Therapeutic Recreation Association,
ATRA, was incorporated in the District
of Columbia in 1984 as a non-profit,
grassroots organization in response
to growing concern about the dramatic
changes in the health care industry.
ILRTA supports ATRA definition
of therapeutic recreation as "the
provision of Treatment Services
and the provision of Recreation
Services to persons with illnesses
or disabling conditions. The primary
purposes of treatment services,
which are often referred to as Recreational
Therapy, are to restore, remediate
or rehabilitate in order to improve
functioning and independence as
well as reduce or eliminate the
effects of illness or disability.
The primary purposes of Recreational
Services are to provide recreation
resources and opportunities in order
to improve health and well being.
Therapeutic recreation is provided
by professionals who are trained
and certified, registered and/or
licensed to provide therapeutic