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Aims and objectives

ST4ALL aims to enhance the training skills of sports trainers when working with youth with a spectrum of disabilities. Attention to both physical and psychological aspects of their involvement in sport activities and their therapeutic aspects will be explored. Even though barriers were predominantly environmental and facilitators were personal, the experienced barriers and facilitators depended on age and type of disability. When advising people about sports participation, not just the age and disability type should be considered, but also environmental and societal barriers.

Finding the most appropriate sport could also increase the chances of people with physical disabilities to not only become active but also staying active. A core aspect will be to accommodate sports training to grassroot sports that support the development, both physically and behaviorally, thus decreasing maladaptive behaviors with youth with disabilities. This will also include reducing the degree of inappropriate tasks and communication.

Direct target users

  • sport youth leaders and workers that are organising sports activities as part of leisure and recreational activities within (inclusive) youth and sports organisations.
  • current active sports / physical education trainers in special education/inclusive/mainstream schools
  • family members that want to also undertake sport activities outside school with their children with disabilities, and that embrace the abilities of their children, instead of focusing on the disability (based on positive psychology)

Beneficiaries

  • youth (aged between 5 and 18) with disabilities
    • visual impairments
    • hearing impairments
    • mobility impairments
    • communication impairments
    • learning disabilities (as long as they can attend regular/inclusive schools) (mainly a-type autism, down syndrome, etc.)
    • complex impairments (multiple)

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