Strategies to establish programs for people with a disability
To establish softball programs for individuals with a disability in your club you would need to cater for various levels of ability. The points below are for you to consider:
- The aim is to provide an organised softball competition within clubs/associations that would grow beyond the club structure to a state based competition, whilst also providing for skills and activities integrated from their everyday life
- Be aware that not all disabilities are able to be seen or are obvious. Many are hidden.
- People with a hidden disability want it to remain that way. Confidentiality is essential, and if ever in doubt ask the person with a disability what they want
- The current lack of softball club programs that include people with a disability is an indicator that this development will provide a much-needed opportunity for people with a disability and give your club membership a much needed boost.
For more information you can view Softball Australia and Inclusion Sport Australia’s Inclusion in Sport Resource.