Many men and women enrich their lives and the lives of young people with disabilities, through participating in and facilitating sport and active recreation experiences. People of all ages, from all walks of life volunteer their time or choose to work as program leaders and personal assistants to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in enriching sport and active recreation experiences.

This resource kit is designed for volunteers and staff who are involved in facilitating sport and active recreation experiences for people with disabilities. The kit can also be used for training programs, and would have the added benefit of being an ongoing resource and reference guide for volunteers and staff.

The kit is divided into six sections, the first of which provides an overview of the programming options and philosophies that drive the delivery of sport and active recreation programs for people with disabilities in Victoria. The second section explains the skills required to work and volunteer in this field and the various responsibilities leaders will experience in providing sport and active recreation programs for people with disabilities.

The third section provides a summary of the major disabilities that most leaders will encounter when working or volunteering in this area. For each disability there is a brief explanation of the causes and issues associated with having the disability and some information on programming constraints and other issues. The fourth section covers generic volunteer and staff management issues related to sport and active recreation programs. The fifth section provides a list of activities and resources available to volunteers to use. The final section outlines volunteer management for staff followed by further information sources and reference information.

This resource kit is an extensively revised version of a document developed by the Camping Network in 2000, written by Russell Hoye. This version includes more detailed information on specific disabilities and has widened its scope to include information on the provision of general sport and active recreation programs rather than just camping environments.

The following members were involved in developing this resource - Pam Kappelides, Gosia Barcikowska, Ann Nicholson, Mandy Roche and Abigail Elliott. They are to be commended for their foresight and commitment to developing a resource kit for people working and volunteering to provide sport and active recreation programs for people with disabilities. The resource kit was developed with the support of Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Pam Kappelides
December 2013