Sport and Recreation Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Research Report


Disability Inclusion


Dr Peta Dzidic, Dr Karen Soldatic, Assoc. Prof. Brian Bishop, Gaylene Galardi, Professor Marian Tye



The report presents findings from a study aimed at identifying barriers and opportunities for people with disabilities in sporting and recreational activities. The report concludes that there are significant issues that need to be addressed. Cultural perceptions focused upon disability as an inherent individual limitation restrict creative opportunities for social inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as clubs’ capacities to receive the broader benefits of social inclusion (e.g., increased membership opportunities, greater sponsorship and marketing, and community recognition). Greater policy efforts need to combine the strengths and insights of disability inclusion and club development and sustainability. WA sport and recreation clubs hold great potential in leading the way to improved solutions, through the commitment of good will, collaborative policy efforts, and innovative and novel practice. This mixed methodological Participatory Action Research based on a collaboration between Inclusion WA and Curtin’s Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, funded by the Disability Services Commission, employs innovative methods such as Photovoice for members with disabilities, semi-structured interviews with Inclusion WA staff, and structured interviews with sporting club personnel. This serves as a baseline for future rigorous research exploring sport and recreation clubs and communities as a long-term mechanism for promoting the global social cohesion agenda for community wellbeing, which in turn informs sound policy and practice.

How to cite:

Dzidic, P., K. Soldatic, B. Bishop, G. Galardi, M. Tye, P. Fleay, M. Westbrook, C. Curr, and C. Jordan. 2013. Sport and Recreation Inclusion for People with Disabilities (Research Report). Centre for Sport and Recreation Research and Inclusion WA. Perth.