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Disability Awareness Certification
This modules main topics are:
- Understanding the term inclusion and diversity to increased community participation in sport and recreation;
- Examining the barriers and facilitators of community participation in sport and recreation programs and services in Australia;
Community participation through sport
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for many people with disability to access community support services and activities to achieve their individual goals. The NDIS provides support via disability service providers which are non-government organisations that work with both government and non-government partners to support and enhance the lives of people with disability.
Increasing participation in sport by people with disability benefits both the individuals and organisations. Sport and recreation organisations working with people with disability reported some of the following benefits:
- An increase in overall participation numbers.
- A positive change in staff towards advocating for and welcoming people with disability.
- New partnerships benefiting the organisation by providing additional resources and new channels.
- Stronger connections with clubs and more inclusive grassroots sport environments.
As detailed by this Australian Sport Commission report about people with disability taking part in sport, the benefits of sporting participation to people with disability include:
- A sense of achievement.
- Doing something stimulating.
- Improved health outcomes.
- Opportunities to socialise with others.
- Enjoying the company of friends.
- Increased energy levels.
- Improved self-esteem.
These benefits are consistent with the benefits that any person can receive by participating in sport and recreation.
Watch a video on incorporating people with Disabilities into Sport & Recreation
Watch a video on Specific Disabilities
Answer a series of multiple-choice questions relative to the videos recently watched.
Below are several articles which will provide you with an understanding of sports and recreation participation for people with disabilities:
- Willis, C., Girdler, S., Thompson, M., Rosenberg, M., Reid, S., & Elliott, C. (2017). Elements contributing to meaningful participation for children and youth with disabilities: a scoping review, Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(17), 1771-1784, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1207716
- Darcy, S., Lock, D., & Taylor, T. (2017). Enabling Inclusive Sport Participation: Effects of Disability and Support Needs on Constraints to Sport Participation, Leisure Sciences, 39(1), 20-41, DOI: 0.1080/01490400.2016.1151842
- Kappelides, P., & Spoor, J. (2018). Managing sport volunteers with a disability: Human resource management implications. Sport Management Review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1441352318301852
- Spaaij, R., Magee, J., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D., & Storr, R. (2018). Diversity work in community sport organizations: Commitment, resistance and institutional change.International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(3), 278–295. https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690216654296
- Shields, N., & Synnot, A. (2016). Perceived barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity for children with disability: a qualitative study. BMC Pediatrics, 16(9). Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.ez.library.latrobe.edu.au/apps/doc/A440765459/AONE?u=latrobe&sid=AONE&xid=00bb0896