More and more coaching resources and materials are emerging that focus on including people with a disability in sport. The principles of adapting and modifying activities to include people with a disability are constantly developing as research and programme development continues.


Key tips for including people with a disability in sport:

  • Treat people with disabilities who participate in sport as athletes
  • Focus on what the athlete can do and has the potential to do. A lack of skill does not necessarily indicate the lack of potential ability
  • Teaching or coaching style, rules, equipment and the environment can all be adapted and modified to promote active participation from every person
  • Use the athlete as a resource of information on themselves, and ask them what they can do and how specific tasks may be modified to suit their skill level
  • Whether a disability is acquired from birth or later in life may have an impact on a person’s basic skill level
  • Including people with disabilities is simply good coaching