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Assisting the Sport Sector

State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation (SDSR) provide the key connection between sports organisations and the disability sector. SDSRs have staff and resources to help develop pathways for people with disability to get involved in sport. This is achieved by creating and developing relationships between sports organisations and disability organisations, such as disability service providers.

This work is coordinated by SDSR staff in most states and territories other than Queensland where the work is coordinated by the Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association  

Sports Ability

  • Sports Ability is an inclusive games program aimed at increasing participation in sport and physical activity for people with disabilities particularly those with high support needs.
  • Sports Ability consists of three elements; adaptive equipment for five inclusive games (sitting volleyball, boccia, goalball, table cricket and polybat); resources in the form of activity cards; and instructional DVDs and training and support available through the SDSR network.
  • Sports Ability is coordinated through State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation. Some have established Sports Ability ‘Hubs’ with providers such as universities and other community organisations. 
  • Sports Ability kits can be purchased exclusively through Modern Teaching Aids (MTA). To order please contact Modern Teaching Aids on 1800 251 497 or email or visit the website listed below under related links.


The Australian Sports Commission worked in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney to undertake a research project examining the factors that influence the participation and non-participation of people with disability in sport and active recreation. The research report was released in December 2011. 


The ASC has conducted a series of webinars aimed at educating and informing the sports sector regarding inclusion of people with disability in sport. These webinars have utilised a range of experts and practitioners to provide information, case studies, and answer questions. 

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