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Introduction

Almost 4 million Australians live with disabilities. If we add families, friends and colleagues, the number of people affected by disability is larger still.

These lessons fit within the Years 7-8 Health and Physical Education curriculum. They are based on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 20 Years: 20 Stories film project, which celebrates 20 years of Australia’s Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Act provides protection from discrimination for people with disabilities.

These lessons address outcomes in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum across the personal, social and community health strand, and the movement and physical activity strand. They explore themes of health benefits of physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, relationships, and games and sports.

Focus

It’s a sport only for the ‘fast and furious’, but those two words haven’t meant much to Paul Gooda until recently. Since taking up wheelchair basketball, the former self-confessed book-worm hasn’t looked back.

This unit provides opportunities for students to explore the importance of team sports and physical activity for people with disabilities and issues around transitions and trauma, and coping with changes.

Students will explore the following inquiry questions:

  • What are the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity?
  • What are the physical and mental health benefits, and social benefits of physical activity?
  • How can young people who are experiencing transitions or trauma be supported?
  • How can diversity and difference be respected through sport?


Paul Gooda reading a book at home
Image caption: Paul Gooda, Rockwheelers, 20 Years: 20 Stories Film Project, Australian Human Rights Commission.

Teaching and Learning Activities

These lessons can be taught as a unit or as individual lessons:

  1. Introduction to disability rights
  2. Inclusive sports (Modified, adapted and disability sports)
  3. Rockwheelers video: participation in sport
  4. Playing an inclusive sport
  5. Challenging stereotypes in sport

Learning outcomes:

As a result of this unit students will:

  • Analyse the concept of disability rights and how to make sport inclusive.
  • Explore the social and emotional benefits of participating in physical activity.
  • Experience playing an inclusive sport, and practice modifying rules and removing barriers to make a sport more inclusive.
  • Analyse stereotypes and prejudices against athletes with disabilities.
  • Identify coping strategies to manage difficult situations that involve young people dealing with transitions or trauma.



Paul Gooda on the court playing wheelchair basketball

Image caption: Paul Gooda, Rockwheelers, 20 Years: 20 Stories Film Project, Australian Human Rights Commission.

Australian Curriculum Links – Health and Physical Education

Content Description Elaboration
Strand 1: Personal, Social and Community Health
Sub-strand 1 Being Healthy Safe and Active
ACPPS070 Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities
  • identifying feelings and emotions associated with transitions, and practising self-talk and help-seeking strategies to manage these transitions
ACPPS072 Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others
  • examining scenarios to highlight how emotions, dispositions and decision making can affect outcomes
ACPPS073 Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • researching opportunities in the local community to participate in regular physical activity and examining how accessible these opportunities are for students
Sub-strand 2: Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
ACPPS075 Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity
  • investigating personal, social and cultural factors that influence the way individuals respond emotionally to different situations
Sub-strand 3: Contributing to healthy and active communities
ACPPS079 Examine the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  • examining values and beliefs about cultural and social issues such as disability, gender, race, sexuality and violence.
  • investigating how respecting diversity and challenging disability discrimination, racism, sexism and homophobia influence individual and community health and wellbeing
Strand 2: Movement and Physical Activity Strand
Sub-strand 1: Moving our body
ACPMP080 Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills
  • participating in activities without vision to demonstrate the importance of auditory feedback
Sub-strand 3: Learning through movement
ACPMP088 Modify rules and scoring systems through changes to rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation
  • modifying rules, equipment or scoring systems to allow all participants to enjoy and succeed


General Capabilities
The general capabilities emphasised in this unit of work are Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability, Literacy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Disability Rights: Inclusion and Sport

Unit description:
These lessons address outcomes in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum across the personal, social and community health strand, and the movement and physical activity strand. They explore themes of health benefits of physical activity, mental health and wellbeing, relationships, and games and sports. Key inquiry questions:
  • What are the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity?
  • What are the physical and mental health benefits, and social benefits of physical activity?
  • How can young people who are experiencing transitions or trauma be supported?
  • How can diversity and difference be respected through sport?

Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyse the concept of disability rights and how to make sports inclusive.
  • Explore the social and emotional benefits of participating in physical activity.
  • Experience playing an inclusive sport, and practice modifying the rules of a sport to make it more inclusive.
  • Analyse stereotypes and prejudices against athletes with disabilities.
  • Identify coping strategies to manage difficult situations that involve young people dealing with transitions or trauma.
Resources:Vocabulary:
Videos
Rockwheelers ,Twenty Years: Twenty Stories video (4 min 37 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m-lR7GHJxc

Activities
Activity Sheet: Sport and people with disabilities - interactive crossword (across solutions and down solutions)
Activity Sheet: Sport and people with disabilities
Activity Sheet: Inclusive sports (Modified, adapted and disability sports)
Activity Sheet: Researching an adapted or modified sport
Activity Sheet: Rockwheelers- viewing questions
Activity Sheet: Rockwheelers – question cards
Activity Sheet: Op-ed template

Resources
Resource Sheet: Background information - Sport and people with disabilities

Additional Resources
Don’t dis my ability language guide http://www.dontdismyability.com.au/tools_and_tips/language_guide
Australian Sports Commission http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coaches/tools/coaching_specific_groups/Inclusive
Accessibility
Adapted sports
Disability
Disability Rights
Disability sports
Inclusive sports
Inclusion
Mainstream sports
Modified sports
Participation