The seven National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), have released a useful resource to inform sports providers about the collective response taken to keeping our communities active and reaching out to inactive disabled people through online and virtual opportunities. Read through the exciting ways we are together reaching more deaf and disabled people during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.
Like many organisations supporting people to get active our NDSO delivery programmes are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to support our communities we have responded to the crisis in innovative and creative ways. As such, we have created this resource so that sport organisations and providers are aware of the support we are offering deaf and disabled community members through a range of fantastic programmes. We will continue to update this resource to ensure that the latest information is shared across the sectors.
We, the NDSOs are mindful that many deaf and disabled people may require more support right now as many of our community members are at risk or shielding. It is more important than even to keep our community fit and healthy. We want to encourage disabled people to remain active and have adapted our programmes and delivery methods to meet this need and the changing environment.
We have individually and collectively looked at delivery methods to reach and support disabled people in their homes though sports specific resources, online classes, live exercise sessions and pre-recorded exercise sessions, virtual challenges and online chats and Q&A Zoom calls.
The seven NDSOs are a good starting point for many disabled people who want to be more active. NDSOs provide advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments.
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The seven NDSOs have formed a partnership group, which brings in other leading organisations to support one another and the wider sector. It helps to guide their collaborative planning and thinking.
The National Disability Sports and Physical Activity Network meets and discuss key matters on engaging more deaf and disabled people into sport. It provides a forum for National Governing Bodies of sport and partners to share their work.
The seven NDSOs are:
British Blind Sport – is the National Disability Sports Organisation that supports blind and partially sighted people in sport and physical activity
I: @ britblindsport
Cerebral Palsy Sport - is the National Disability Sports Charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.
Dwarf Sports Association UK – are the National Disability Sport Organisation for people with Dwarfism and restricted growth. Our regional and national sports delivery is important to both the families and members of the association.
I: @ dwarfsportsdsauk
LimbPower - are the National Disability Sports Organisation supporting amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts.
Special Olympics Great Britain - set up in 1978, is a non-profit charity which provides year-round sports coaching and athletic competition in summer and winter sports for children and adults with Intellectual disabilities.
UK Deaf Sport – is the National Disability Sports Organisation that supports and enables Deaf and Hard of hearing people in starting, staying and supporting sport and physical activity opportunities.
WheelPower – is the national charity for wheelchair sport which provides, promotes and develops opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and physical activity and lead healthy, active lives.