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Program Delivery & Strategies Certification
This modules main topics are:
- Understanding how to be an inclusive volunteer/leader to increased community participation in sport and recreation for people with a disability;
- Understanding and applying guidelines for creative programming of sport and recreation inclusion.
Many men and women enrich their lives and the lives of people with disabilities, through participating in and facilitating sport and recreation experiences. People of all ages, from all walks of life volunteer their time to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in enriching sport and recreation experiences.
Several areas need to be considered in achieving the successful inclusion of a person with a disability into a sport or recreation program. The concept of ‘disability’ is synonymous with ‘ability’ when it comes to sport and active recreation activities. We need to focus on the potential ability of the participants rather than the limitations caused by a disability. This encourages the recognition of the potential of individual group members and the activities can be structured to achieve this potential.
Using Universal Design principles in the design of a program, individuals are encouraged to look at similarities rather than differences, and to appreciate the diversity within our community. This provides for accessibility of all to community resources and activities.
There are seven principles of Universal Design that can assist in the implementation of programs and services to ensure accessibility for all. Below are examples of how they may be implemented in sport and recreation programs and activities:
- Provide the same means of use for all users; identical whenever possible, equivalent where not.
- Avoid segregating or stigmatising any users.
- Make the design of the program appealing to all users.
- Provide choice in method of use.
- Facilitate the participants’ accuracy and precision in an activity.
- Provide adaptability to the participant’s pace.
- Eliminate unnecessary complexity.
- Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills.
- Provide effective prompting and feedback during and after an activity.
- Use different modes for presentation of essential information such as rules or instructions.
- Provide fail safe features for all participants to ensure they have fun.
Watch a video on Attitudes to Disability
Watch a video on Top 15 Activity Modifications
Watch a video on Strategies for Challenging Behaviours
Answer a series of multiple-choice questions relevant to the videos recently watched.
Below are several resources which will provide you with an understanding of program delivery for people with disabilities.
- Inclusive activity cards for all levels of ability designed to develop children's skills, confidence and motivation for sports-based activities https://www.sportaus.gov.au/sports_ability
- Disability Inclusion Interactive Scenario. The following scenario explores issues that can arise when including a child with disability in sport. As you read through the material think about what you would do in this situation.
- Wareham, Y., Burkett, B., Innes, P., & Lovell, G. P. (2017). Coaching athletes with disability: preconceptions and reality. Sport in society, 20(9), 1185-1202 .https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17430437.2016.1269084?needAccess=true