Investigators: Danielle Peers and Timothy Konoval
Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant
In this two-year project, we are creating a database of websites from all of the disabiltiy sport programs in Canada. We will use these websites to identity which policies, rules, procedures, programs and discourses may serve to encourage the participation of certain people who experience disability while detering or disqualifying others. We hope to identify: 1) groups of people who are underserved by the entire disability sport system; 2) some of the most significant-yet-changeable barriers to participation; 3) examples of programs that are creatively addressing these barriers.
Inclusive movement programs have been internationally championed as a basic right of people with disabilities, and a vehicle for their broader social inclusion (United Nations, 2008). The Canadian Government (2013) has responded with claims about the existing inclusivity of its movement programs, in particular, disability sport. These claims, however, contradicts Statistics Canada’s report that only 3% of people with disabilities have regular access to organized sport (Canadian Paralympic Committee, 2013). The problem at the heart of this research is that celebratory accounts of our inclusivity can stop academics and practitioners from critically engaging with the discourses, practices, and structures of our movement programs, which seem to be systemically discouraging, marginalizing, or outright excluding the large majority of people who experience disability in Canada.
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