Persons with Disabilities

Coach Alberta supports efforts to ensure that there is equitable access to sport for persons with disabilities. This includes sensory, cognitive, intellectual and physical disabilities. While there are approximately 3.8 million Canadians who report having a disability, persons with disabilities are also half as likely to participate in sport. It is important that coaches, parents, and officials are provided information on how to make sport more equitable for persons with disabilities.

ViaSport provides information on the Six Pillars of Accessibility. This refers to a checklist to aid coaches in identifying and reducing barriers in their sporting organization.

Special Olympics Canada provides information on the Long Term Athlete Development Model for persons with intellectual disabilities. This tool guides individuals on physical literacy that is required at each stage of an athlete’s development.