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It’s as simple as asking questions

Inclusive and welcoming community groups and sports clubs offer everyone, regardless of disability, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural heritage the opportunity to participate.

An inclusive club provides an environment in which all participants can:

  • Feel welcome,
  • Feel a sense of belonging to the community,
  • Make their own decisions,
  • Feel valued for who they are as an individual,
  • Feel a sense of pride and contribution to the club,
  • Be accepted socially,
  • Access all areas essential to the sport and activity, and,
  • Be provided with pathway programs and opportunities for development

It is often heard from people with disabilities that the best thing people can do is ask questions. By speaking to the person with the disability directly, or with a carer and/or support worker your club can ensure you are taking a step to ensure the person feels welcome, accepted and knows they are a valued member of the club.

From scrap booking to football, all clubs have opportunities for everyone to participate. Inclusive Sport design (https://inclusivesportdesign.com/ ) have developed an inclusion spectrum that can be used for all sport and recreation clubs to have conversations with members about how they see themselves participating in the club.

Diagram of opportunities people with disability have in community sporting and recreation clubs. No modifications: woman swimming butterfly. Minor modifications: Man with hand brace ten pin bowling. Major modifications: Man performing shot put holding onto a pole for balance. Primarily for people with disability: Man playing wheelchair basketball. Non-playing role: Young man in black and white umpire uniform. Only for people with disability: Woman playing floor ball.

No modifications: The activity remains unchanged with no individual modifications made.

Minor modifications: Small changes are made so everyone can participate.

Major modifications: Large changes are made to the activity so that everyone can participate.

Primarily for people with disability: An activity designed for people with disability but allows people without disability to participate.

Only for people with disability: An activity delivered specifically for people with disability.

Non-playing roles: Other roles to be involved in club without participating in games or competitions directly.