The development of inclusive practices in sport and recreation provide individuals, organisations and the community with a number of benefits including higher levels of independence, greater social cohesion and overall enrichment of our community.
The vision of the ACT Government for people with a disability is:
"All people with a disability achieve what they want to achieve, live how they choose to live, and are valued as full members of the ACT community." (Disability ACT, 2009)
Sport and Recreation can assist sport and recreation providers and clubs to increase their capacity to provide participation opportunities for people with a disability in the following ways:
- To assist sports develop a practical Disability Participation Plan.
- Facilitate links and partnerships with disability sport organisations.
- Encourage ACT sporting organisations to work with their national bodies to implement national strategies for the inclusion of people with a disability.
- Promote the sharing of good practices and experiences to enable organisations to learn from each other.
- Where possible identify and implement professional development opportunities to support program development and delivery.
- Identify and promote funding opportunities relevant to inclusive participation
- Support funding recipients where required to implement their programs
Sports Ability is an exciting inclusive program developed by Sport Australia that aims to provide people delivering sport or physical activities with more ways of including people with a disability and to encourage inclusive interaction between people with and without a disability in a sporting environment. Sports Ability resources can be found on the Sporting Schools website.
Sports Ability Kits
Sport and Recreation have Sports Ability kits available for schools, disability service providers and sport organisations in the ACT to borrow. To borrow a kit please call Sport and Recreation on (02) 6205 0344.
NDIS and Sport
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) assists individuals with a disability to obtain necessary services and services that enable them to achieve personal goals and aspirations.
Sport and recreation organisations can become a registered provider within the NDIS to receive funds allocated to the individual to participate in their activity.
Many sport and recreation organsiations do not meet the NDIS criteria to become a registered provider. For those that do not meet the criteria, Active Canberra can provide your details to the National Disabiltiy Insurance Agency to share with individuals as they are transitioning into the NDIS.
For more information on the NDIS visit the NDIS website.
If you would like advice and/or assistance on how to include people with a disability in your sport and recreation programs or assistance with linking to disability service providers to develop partnerships and better promote programs then please contact Sport and Recreation on (02) 6207 2080.
Sport and Recreation can also assist in the promotion of your events and programs to the sport, recreation and disability sectors; as well as providing inclusion training for sport and recreation organisations, clubs, coaches, development officers and administrators.