Inclusive Sports: A Pathway Toward Friendship Between People With & Without Disabilities
Isolation and loneliness are experienced by persons with disabilities at a considerably higher rate than their non-disabled peers. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we work to create opportunities for social connectedness and belonging. Inclusive sport and recreation programs provide an ideal setting for this to happen.
In this live webinar you'll gain the tools and confidence to create a culture where relationships between persons with and without disabilities can be fostered and supported to develop into a reciprocal and authentic friendship.Take part in an interactive exercise to explore the attributes and benefits of friendship, and review "person-centered design" approach used to discover the values and gifts that a person with a disability has to share with the world. We will end the session exploring practical relationship building strategies to implement, increasing the potential for a friendship to develop. Join us on a pathway to friendship FOR ALL.
What you will learn
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Determine at least two reasons why inclusive programs are the ideal setting for a friendship to occur between a person with and without disabilities.
- Apply at least three top inclusive strategies within their programs that build the culture which fosters the creation of friendship.
- Analyze and identify the core elements and benefits of authentic friendship.
🎁Attendees will also receive these practical take home tools:
- 6 Principles of Inclusion handout
- Models of Participation handout
- Pathways To Friendship Toolkit
Who should attend
This webinar is ideal for anyone involved in the design, planning and delivery of sport participation and engagement programs at any level.
Lisa is Founder and Consultant at Merge Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting. Lisa has been committed to building inclusive communities for people with disabilities and diverse abilities in the care, community sport, recreation, summer camps sectors throughout the USA for over 38 years. Lisa supports and advises a wide variety of community organisations including YMCA, clubs, sports teams, leagues, scouts, schools. You name it, she's done it. She's also the Adjunct Professor of Adaptive Physical Activity at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.