Persons with Disability and Sport

Persons with Disability and Sport
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated: 21 February 2017        
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Persons with a Disability and Sport
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People with a disability should receive the same physical, mental, and social benefits from participating in sport and physical activity as those not having a disability.

Persons with a disability include individuals with physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric, and/or other health related disabilities. 

Key Messages 


Disability should not exclude someone from participation in appropriate sports and physical activities.


Organisations dedicated to policy, advocacy and program delivery to persons with disability have an established role within the sport sector.


Stakeholder organisations use needs-based and inclusive strategies to engage persons with disability, encouraging them to be physically active.


A high performance sport pathway is available to persons with a disability through the Paralympic movement and kindred national/international sport programs.

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