Thursday, July 22, 2010

Inclusion in Sport and Physical Activity

Everyone in Canada should have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity. It a recent ParticipACTION forum it was pointed out that those with disability can be expanded to those with limited access due to items like strollers or walkers. When this is taken into account statistics that state 1 in 6 Canadians have a disability can increase to much more. As a result it is important to create environments of inclusion making sure that activities are available and accessible to everyone.

A great resource that provides an overview of how to play a sport as well as modify it for inclusion is available on the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability website. Anything from badminton to triathlon can be adapted for inclusion.

Benefits for those with disability from participation in sport and physical activity include improvements in health and well-being, improved self-esteem and self-confidence, and improve mood. Inclusion in sport is researched in developing countries as well.

Practical resources are available that provide information on inclusion.

Easy Adaptation and Universal Design: All Abilities Welcome
Recreation Your Way: A Resource Guide Designed to Help Facilitate Inclusive Recreation in Your Community.
Resources Overview: Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

1 comment:

Thomas said...

So many people think they're 'no good at sports'. But they never stop to think that there are more sports in the world than you can shake a stick at. There's a sport for everyone, just keep looking!