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The Adult ID Sports Link initiative was set up by the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer to encourage each of the local Adult ID services to work in tandem when organising and delivering their physical activity and sports programmes for their service users. It has been a great success with 5 centres and over 75 adults involved in activities including Boccia, Basketball, Walking and Games for All. The centres have linked with each other to deliver weekly programmes in these sports and then come together at the end of an agreed period to participate in a fun event/blitz in that particular sport.
The Adult Games for All programme delivered in conjunction with the IT Sligo Health Science Department and its third year students also shows how effective partnership working can result in more participation opportunities for people with disabilities. The SSRP SIDO worked in close consultation with two Health Science lecturers to develop a tailored four week Games for All programme which catered for 55 adults from local ID centres.
Disability services recently participated in wall climbing programme at Awesome Walls, Model Farm Road, Cork in association with Cork sports Partnership. Awesome walls have a fantastic climbing wall which is an artificially constructed wall with grips for hands and feet. With fully qualified instructors this inclusive wall climbing initiative was very well received by all who took part.
Participants came from a range services around Cork including national Learning Network, COPE Foundation Glasheen and Mallow and Brothers of Charity Services. Angelina Foley of COPE Foundation staff stated “all of our group progressed very well over the period of the programme, especially when you think that on the first day two participants were extremely nervous and even shaking at the thought of it. With their determination made it to the top of every single climb they did”. She added “each participant improved their climbing techniques, tried out different routes, got much faster completing the climbs. For one of our participants who has a visual impairment had the expert assistance of Anto (Awesome Walls instructor) every day. However on the very last day she completed a solo climb without any assistance, it was amazing to see her progression and confidence grow over the weeks”.
CARA believe that sport and physical activity for people with disabilities is a means of enhancing life, increasing social interaction, improving physical and mental health and empowering people in all aspects of their lives.
Our challenge is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same awareness of & access to opportunities to be active. We see this as a basic human right for all.