Increasing numbers of deaf and disabled children already enjoy taking part in sport. You should ensure that your organisation is working to safeguard them.
The vast majority of deaf and disabled children and young people are able and willing to participate in sport when they have access to facilities and appropriately trained staff to support them.
A young sitting-volleyball player said:
"Try and make sport more inclusive for disabled children - have a lot more sports they can play in school. Sitting volleyball is a great one because it can be played by all."
Sports and activity providers have a responsibility to ensure that they take steps to include and safeguard deaf and disabled children.
Inclusion refers to steps required to ensure that deaf and disabled young people are able to participate and access activities.
This includes considering:
- the need to make practical adaptations and modifications to coaching practices and equipment to create an environment that caters for many individuals' needs
- staff and volunteers need to be supported to understand how to effectively include deaf and disabled young people and appreciate the additional vulnerability of this group
- making reasonable adjustments to aspects of the activities, so that a disabled person is not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled people
What disabled children and young people want
We arranged for a group of disabled young people to meet with GB Wheelchair Basketball player Ade Adepitan to talk about challenges they have faced when trying to get involved in sport activities and we filmed this meeting.
This short film offers advice to sports organisations on how to break down barriers and make it easier for disabled young people to get involved in sports activities.