Persons with Disabilities

Coach Alberta wants to ensure that there is equitable access to sport for persons with disabilities. This includes sensory, cognitive, intellectual and physical disabilities. Approximately there are 3.8 million Canadians who report having a disability which is one in seven Canadians. That being said, 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.

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