Many coaches who have never worked with athletes with a disability feel that, to be effective, they need highly specialized skills, knowledge, or training. This is a misperception. In fact, most coaches who work with athletes with a disability soon discover that coaching these participants is fundamentally no different than coaching any other athlete. The challenge is to truly understand the person, to focus on their abilities, and to see what they can achieve.
Athletes with a disability pass through the same stages of Long-Term Athlete Development as their able bodied peers, and much of the training of their five S’s – Strength, Stamina, Suppleness, Speed and Skill is similar to that of other athletes.
A Blueprint for Building Quality Participation in Sport for Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Special Olympics Canada in partnership with the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP)
This Blueprint introduces program leaders and volunteers to key concepts that underpin quality participation (i.e., the building blocks of quality participation) to better facilitate quality sport experiences for young athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Welcome to the Moving to Inclusion Online Learning Tool. This is an effective training and professional development tool for those who are working in or training for a career in recreation, fitness, education, sport and active living fields.