There are many things to consider when working with people with different impairments, to ensure that everyone is safe and can still enjoy sport. These pages have lots of useful information from different sports and disability organisations that will help you get started or find out what you could be doing better to make your club or activity more inclusive.
Clubs don’t need to get to worried about legislation one thing you do need to consider when running any activity is the EQUALITY ACT 2010. The Equality Act requires sports clubs and providers to make reasonable adjustments to services so that everyone has access and there is no exemption for private clubs any more. The Act replaces previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It simplifies the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with. It also strengthens the law in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality. See EFDS Equality Act Fact Sheet which is only 2 pages for further guidance or Equality Act 2010, What I need to know for a bit more information.
Another important area is safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults. An increasing number of people with additional needs and disabilities enjoy taking part in sport and physical activities. Despite some traditional negative perceptions, a lot of children and adults with additional needs and disabilities are ready willing and able to participate when their additional needs are understood, considered and addressed. These needs may include: access to facilities, adapted or modified equipment, coaching practices or aspect of the sport; and appropriately trained staff to support them. Some sports cater specifically for athletes with disabilities, while others provide opportunities for both disabled and non-disabled participants. Organisations should ensure that they have considered additional risks that vulnerable children and adults could face. For further guidance please refer in the first instance to the Living Sport document below:
For more information on safeduarding deaf and disabled children see Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) website
The number of people with a disability playing sport has risen over the years which means it is important to ensure that all communication is made accessible. The communications you send on behalf of you or your club/organisation are a vital component of what it means to be involved in your sport or physical activity.
The English Federation of Disability Sport has produced the guide below to help support those wishing to reach more people in sport and physical activity through inclusive and accessible communications. There is also a video below which supports this guide.
For guidance in other areas to help you support someone with a disability in your club see the menu on the right hand side.