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Disability inclusion in your Club
Benefits for your Softball Club
Increased membership/funding for your Club
Strategies to establish programs for people with a disability
How does a Club get started in involving people with a disability?
Approach an organisation that supports people with a disability
Softball Australia supports the right of people with a disability to be involved in all aspects of our sport, including full and active participation. In our ability to engage a range of non-traditional participants, including indigenous communities, we look forward with confidence to more people with a disability actively participating in Softball right across Australia.
Softball Australia is committed to making it simple for people with a disability to participate in Softball.
An inclusive Softball Club is simply about including more people in your Club – and importantly, accessing a virtually untapped market.
In the 2003 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) 1 in 5 people in Australia (3,958,300 or 20.0%) had a reported disability. This rate was much the same for males (19.8%) and females (20.1%)
To establish Softball programs for individuals with a disability in your Club you would need to cater for various levels of disabilities. The points below are for you to consider:
Build public awareness
Make facilities available
Offer a range of activities/events for all abilities
Examples of dealing with different ability levels
Provide safe training and competition opportunities
Involve families and/or other support groups
There are a couple of various ways in which you could gain funding for such programs in your club. There are excellent government funded programs that already exist to reach out to and understand the driving philosophies of the various disability-specific organisations that you can work with to access these funds. Those include:
Local disability organisations
Your local disability organisation which you partner with may be able to assist you with funding for the program. It is always important to discuss this in the beginning so that you can plan for it either way.
Your local communities businesses and or Club's sponsors may assist you in funding your program. Tell them of your plans and how they can also benefit from such a sponsorship. You will be surprised what local businesses would contribute to such programs.
It is important to research organisations such as Philanthropy Australia to see what funding sources are out in the community for local sporting groups. Softball Clubs would be suitably placed to present and or apply for funding to organisations that would fund projects such as disability programs.
Local councils have funding for local sports programs which build community. It is important that you visit you local council's website and see what they have to offer. Most local councils offer community events or community funding. To find contact details for your local council visit the Australian Local Government Association.
Updated 29 June 2012
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