All societies recognize the importance of leisure time activities in the psychological, cognitive, civic, vocational and physical development of young people. That is why most cultures have specified times when young people are let off from formal activities such as work or school in order to engage in various activities of their own preference. Productive leisure is fundamental for both personal as well as social development of young people.

Psychological benefits of leisure/recreation activities with people with disabilities are:

Research (by Early Childhood Australia) confirms that leisure time is important in helping young people achieve a broad range of positive outcomes, such as (full analysis is available in attached needs analysis):