Disability Education in Schools
Sporting Wheelies visits schools to bring Paralympic sports such as Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Boccia, and Goalball (played blindfolded) to students. Our program not only provides an opportunity for students to experience these sports, but also to increase their understanding of the daily needs of people living with a disability.
Our Game Changers, people living with a disability, use their real-world experience to engage students in each session and answer any questions they may have.
We strive to make our sessions inclusive for all students, including those who may have a disability and wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to play sports at school.
Ultimately, our goal is to provide a meaningful and enjoyable experience that raises awareness and understanding of the lives of people with a disability.
WHY this is important for your school = every student succeeding!
Schools engage Sporting Wheelies to provide physical literacy and a learning experience for all children to learn and play inclusive sports. Our program includes introducing our para-athletes to provide inspiring stories of their journeys of resilience on the path to achieving their miracle and magic moments as well as the opportunity for all children to play para sports.
The program also links effectively with the curriculum across P-12 and we provide resources, training and support for teachers. We share the Department of Education’s commitment to ensuring every student with disability succeeds and is achieving their full potential, and by providing access to exciting para sports we can assist schools to fully engage their curriculum to be safe, supportive, free from bullying, discrimination and harassment and adjusted to meet the needs of all children.
“Students need critical inquiry skills to research and analyse knowledge and to understand the influences on their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation. They also need to be resilient, to develop empathy and to be actively engaged in their own and others’ wellbeing, using health, safety and physical activity resources for the benefit of themselves and their communities.” The Australian Curriculum, 2020
Inclusive School Sports program inclusions
Inclusive School Sports sessions will be tailored to your individual schools’ requirements however may include:
- Para-athletes sharing inspiring stories of their journeys of resilience
- Interactive session for all children to participate in inclusive para sports (directly linked with curriculum)
- Q&A Session
- Breaking down myths and misconceptions about disability
- Certificates and take-home branded merchandise for each student
- Ongoing support including Teacher Training and in class resources
- Professional Development sessions for staff
“Well organised, the communication throughout was exceptional, the set up and pack up was smooth, it was informative, had the right amount of talk and activity, value for money and an experience that all students should have”
Secondary Teacher, Sports and Year 10 Co-ordinator
WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
I can, You can
Sporting Wheelies is taking inclusive sport and exercise therapy to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Communities.
I Can, you can, focuses on engaging with young people living with a disability, and providing resources and training to community members to support them.
Sporting Wheelies has partnered the Artie Academy with the aim to strengthen the connection to country and support to the development of local role models to raise expectations of what is possible for young indigenous people with disability.
How Inclusive School Sports aligns with the Australian Curriculum
|Health & Physical Education
|Participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment (ACPPS007)
|Identify personal strengths (ACPPS001)
|Participate in games with and without equipment (ACPMP009
|Years 1 and 2
|Describe ways to include others to make them feel they belong (ACPPS019)
|Recognise similarities and differences in individuals and groups, and explore how these are celebrated and respected (ACPPS024)
|Create and participate in games with and without equipment (ACPMP027)
|Use strategies to work in group situations when participating in physical activities (ACPMP030)
|Years 3 and 4
|Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships (ACPPS037)
|Participate in physical activities from their own and other cultures (ACPMP108)
|Adopt inclusive practices when participating in physical activities (ACPMP048)
|Years 5 and 6
|Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)
|Practise specialised movement skills and apply them in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP061)
|Participate in physical activities from their own and others’ cultures, and examine how involvement creates community connections and intercultural understanding (ACPMP066)
|Apply critical and creative thinking processes in order to generate and assess solutions to movement challenges (ACPMP068)
|Years 7 and 8
|Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (ACPPS075)
|Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)
|Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity (ACPPS079)
|Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies with and without equipment (ACPMP082)
|Participate in and investigate cultural and historical significance of a range of physical activities (ACPMP085)
|Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities (ACPMP086)
|Evaluate and justify reasons for decisions and choices of action when solving movement challenges (ACPMP087)
|Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation (ACPMP088)
|Years 9 and 10
|Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
|Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093)
|Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS096)
|Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
|Develop, implement and evaluate movement concepts and strategies for successful outcomes with and without equipment (ACPMP101)
|Examine the role physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport play in the lives of Australians and investigate how this has changed over time (ACPMP104)
|Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges (ACPMP106)
|Reflect on how fair play and ethical behaviour can influence the outcomes of movement activities (ACPMP107)
|Personal and social Capability
|Students develop a range of interpersonal skills such as communication, negotiation, teamwork and leadership, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives