Linda Heyne

Professor, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Linda Heyne

Linda Heyne

Linda Heyne can speak with authority on strategies for including adults and children with developmental and other disabilities into recreation programs in schools and community settings.

In addition to having served as an inclusion coordinator, she has conducted studies and written books and journal articles on inclusive recreation, home school/community collaborations, cultivating friendship for people with developmental disabilities, and therapeutic recreation programs in schools.

Instead of focusing on people’s deficits and impairments, Heyne stresses strengths-based approaches that will take people farther along the continuum of well being. By developing interventions based on people’s strengths, talents, aspirations, and goals, therapeutic recreation specialists can support people’s involvement in meaningful leisure and a high quality of life.

Heyne can also speak with authority on Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for community recreational programs and facilities.

Research Focus

  • Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for community recreational programs
  • Inclusive community leisure services
  • Community-based therapeutic recreation
  • Therapeutic recreation in the schools
  • Therapeutic recreation and quality of life
  • Friendship for people with developmental disabilities
  • Strengths-based approach to therapeutic recreation practice
  • Time and leisure constraints


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ph.D., Therapeutic Recreation, 1993

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
M.A., Therapeutic Recreation, 1985

University of California, Berkeley
B.A., English, 1972