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1 Development and Implementation of Community- based Sports/Recreational Programs for Youth with Severe Disabilities

2 Why offer a program? The benefits of sports and recreational programs for children and youth with or without disabilities is universal. The benefits of sports and recreational programs for children and youth with or without disabilities is universal. The opportunities for these programs diminishes as the disability becomes more functionally limiting. The opportunities for these programs diminishes as the disability becomes more functionally limiting.

3 What are the benefits ? Physical Physical Social Social Family support & network opportunities Family support & network opportunities Recreational Recreational Promotes inclusion Promotes inclusion Provides opportunities for non-disabled youth to get to know peers with disabilities. Provides opportunities for non-disabled youth to get to know peers with disabilities.

4 Physical –Minimize deconditioning –Provide opportunities to stretch and strengthen muscles. –Provide opportunities for practical carry-over & application of strategies and skills learned in therapy.

5 Social Provides opportunities to learn social skills in more integrated, natural settings. Provides opportunities to learn social skills in more integrated, natural settings. Increases opportunities for interactions with age-appropriate, non-disabled peers. Increases opportunities for interactions with age-appropriate, non-disabled peers. Offers opportunities to develop new friendships with both similarly disabled and non-disabled peers. Offers opportunities to develop new friendships with both similarly disabled and non-disabled peers.

6 Family Support & Networking These experiences offer parents and siblings opportunities to support their disabled child in more traditional roles. These experiences offer parents and siblings opportunities to support their disabled child in more traditional roles. Parents/care givers can network with other families while their child is enjoying and benefiting of the program. Parents/care givers can network with other families while their child is enjoying and benefiting of the program.

7 Offers Opportunity to have fun!! Builds Self-Esteem & Confidence The primary reason that most children/youth participate in sports/recreation activities is to have fun!

8 Sportsmanship and Competition Competition and challenges are healthy and necessary for all people, regardless of ability.

9 Provides opportunities for non-disabled youth to get to know peers with disabilities. Improves attitude towards children with disabilities or those who are different Improves attitude towards children with disabilities or those who are different Reduces prejudice, teaches tolerance Reduces prejudice, teaches tolerance Gives perspective Gives perspective Provides teaching opportunities for how to interact with others who are different Provides teaching opportunities for how to interact with others who are different

10 Elements of a Successful Program

11 Identify a population to target and validate the need Specify disability by function, not diagnosis Specify disability by function, not diagnosis Specify age range Specify age range Verify no similar or competing program offered in area. Verify no similar or competing program offered in area.

12 Identify appropriate sport/activity for targeted population Recognize that participants must feel that the they are valued for their participation and contribute in a meaningful way. Recognize that participants must feel that the they are valued for their participation and contribute in a meaningful way. Activity/sport that allows for as independent participation as possible is usually the most meaningful. Activity/sport that allows for as independent participation as possible is usually the most meaningful. For wheelchair users who have limited use of arms, consider wheelchair sports that do not require use of hands for participation other than driving chair. For wheelchair users who have limited use of arms, consider wheelchair sports that do not require use of hands for participation other than driving chair. –Power floor hockey, soccer, track/field are easily adapted and allow for independent participation.

13 Identify barriers to implementation and participation Accessible location w/ appropriate facilities for population. Accessible location w/ appropriate facilities for population. Finding sponsor/ organizational support Finding sponsor/ organizational support Secure liability coverage Secure liability coverage Finding participants Finding participants

14 Identify pool of volunteers to assist with program development and implementation Therapists that serve in community facilities, schools. Therapists that serve in community facilities, schools. University/college therapy,special education programs. University/college therapy,special education programs. Parents/siblings. Parents/siblings. Community service organizations. Community service organizations.

15 Identify potential sponsor organizations. Organization should be one that has a proven history of community, or organization involvement with service, activities to benefit children or underserved populations. Organization should be one that has a proven history of community, or organization involvement with service, activities to benefit children or underserved populations. Organization should have the organizational structure to provide support needed, esp. liability insurance and have recognized name that is associated with quality. Organization should have the organizational structure to provide support needed, esp. liability insurance and have recognized name that is associated with quality. –Rotary, Lions, YMCA, hospital Contact potential organizations with letter explaining what you are looking for and request a time to come and present a proposal and business plan.

16 Develop business plan Include Identify population to be served Identify population to be served Lack of services/opportunities currently available Lack of services/opportunities currently available Benefits of programs Benefits of programs Proposal of program specifics: what activity & why, when, how long, where Proposal of program specifics: what activity & why, when, how long, where Identify what you want from them I.e. insurance, volunteers, $(uniforms,equip, site rental) use of their logo. Identify what you want from them I.e. insurance, volunteers, $(uniforms,equip, site rental) use of their logo. Identify how their sponsorship will benefit them. Identify how their sponsorship will benefit them.

17 Program Planning/Implementation Location-should be able to have regardless of weather Location-should be able to have regardless of weather Pool of volunteers- adults for advertising, registration, etc. Peer buddies- local schools(students are eager to get involved for community service hrs.), local; churches,synagogues, sports clubs. Pool of volunteers- adults for advertising, registration, etc. Peer buddies- local schools(students are eager to get involved for community service hrs.), local; churches,synagogues, sports clubs. Advertising Advertising Equipment needs- specialized vs adapted. Equipment needs- specialized vs adapted.

18 Finding players/youth to participate- local hospitals that have outpt. Services, local public schools, physician specialists, pediatrician offices. Finding players/youth to participate- local hospitals that have outpt. Services, local public schools, physician specialists, pediatrician offices. Post notices in local newspapers, local education/community TV stations, web sites. Post notices in local newspapers, local education/community TV stations, web sites. Develop flyer-distribute through schools, contact school district case managers to distribute and talk up program. Develop flyer-distribute through schools, contact school district case managers to distribute and talk up program. Contact local PTA Contact local PTA Cost to participant should be affordable but within range of similar non-disabled programs- better commitment when cost is involved. Cost to participant should be affordable but within range of similar non-disabled programs- better commitment when cost is involved.

19 Keys to Successful Program Good match of program participants abilities to program offered. Good match of program participants abilities to program offered. Strong organizational structure to ensure dependable and predictable activity each week. Strong organizational structure to ensure dependable and predictable activity each week. Player involvement with meaningful participation for all. Player involvement with meaningful participation for all. Well organized volunteer training. Well organized volunteer training.

20 Did the program meet its objectives? Develop program evaluation for participants and families. Develop program evaluation for participants and families. –Keep it short. –Easy to read. –Simple scale for rating. –Offer opportunity for suggestions.

21 Success is not measured in numbers!!!

22 Resources National Center on Physical Activity & Disability(www.ncpad.org) National Center on Physical Activity & Disability(www.ncpad.org)www.ncpad.org National Rehabilitation Information Center(www.naric.com ) National Rehabilitation Information Center(www.naric.com )www.naric.com U.S.Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association(www.usewha.org) U.S.Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association(www.usewha.org)www.usewha.org Universal Dance Center-wheelchair ballroom dancing Universal Dance Center-wheelchair ballroom dancing National Disability Sports Alliance National Disability Sports Alliance National Sports Center for the Disabled National Sports Center for the Disabled United StatesPower Soccer Assoc. United StatesPower Soccer Assoc. US Youth Soccer Assoc.-TOPSoccer US Youth Soccer Assoc.-TOPSoccer


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