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
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Australian Paralympic Committee (January 2016), and Peter Downs, Director, The Inclusion Club (November 2015)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated:  21 February 2017
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Introduction

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. Under law, Australians of all abilities should have access to sport and physical activity opportunities.

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


Key Messages 

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

Persons with disability have access to a high performance sport pathway through the Paralympic movement and other sport specific programs.




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