Persons with Disability and Sport

Persons with Disability and Sport           
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, 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 November 2017
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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. Legally, 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 


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


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.


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

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