People with disability
Sport and recreation contributes to the health and wellbeing of all people and helps break down the barriers that once stopped people with disability from participating.
Sport and Recreation (WA) is a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Sport and Recreation (WA) continues to educate and assist sporting organisations and clubs to make the changes needed to encourage people with disability to experience the same thrills and excitement of other members.
To ensure organisations can meet the needs of people with disability, their families and carers, Sport and Recreation (WA) provides funding and consultancy services to support the modification of programs so that everyone can participate.
Sport and Recreation Disability Forums
Every year, the Department hosts a series of interactive Disability Sport and Recreation Forums.
These forums are designed to build connections for people with disability to get involved in sport and recreation, by creating and developing relationships between sport and recreation bodies and disability service providers.
The forums are held on a quarterly-basis on Fridays, 2pm to 4pm, at Sport and Recreation (WA)'s Leederville office.
Disability service providers, State Sporting Associations, local governments and any other relevant organisations are invited to attend and/or present at the forums, to share and promote their inclusive programs/stories.
Video conferencing facilities are also available for those based in the regions. However, please contact your local regional office first to organise a booking.
To attend and/or present at these forums, please email the Sport and Recreation (WA) or call 08 9492 9852
Including people with disability in sport and recreation
Sport and recreation enables greater
connections to community
Everyone has the right to be a part of an inclusive and welcoming
community where their contribution is recognised and valued.
People with disability should have equal opportunity to participate
in a mainstream community club.
Participation in community sport or recreation provides an
opportunity to develop physical skills and social connectedness.
This can be a life-changing experience especially for those with
limited social networks. For clubs, opening their doors to all
people in the community helps break down stereotypes and build
a stronger club culture. By welcoming everyone to participate
clubs are likely to experience an increase in club membership
and thus revenue, more volunteers and increased funding
The inclusion spectrum
There are a variety of ways to participate in sport and recreation.
The Inclusion Spectrum outlines five alternative modes and can be
a useful tool to encourage clubs to focus on modifying activities to
support inclusion. When modifying activities to support inclusion,
clubs must be mindful to balance maximising individual potential
and maintaining activity integrity.
Handy tips when working with people
- Don't make assumptions about a person’s abilities. If you’re
not sure what someone can do just ask!
- Speak and/or partner with service providers who work with
people with disability
- Think about putting in place an inclusion policy so inequity/discrimination can be addressed quickly
- Provide safe, friendly and accessible environments
- Mix physical and social activities
- Allow participants to help plan programs
- Build confidence by including non-competitive activities
- Relax! People with disability are just people
- Speak to adults with disability as adults
- Ask before you help and respect a person’s right to refuse
- Always speak directly to the person with disability. If the
person is with a carer or interpreter do not direct your
conversation to them.
Inclusive sport and recreation opportunities
The organisations below can provide more information about the inclusive sport and recreation opportunities in your community.