How does a Club get started in involving people with a disability?

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  • Contact your state softball association who may be able to assist you as well as link you up with disability groups and organisations in your area
  • Contact your State Department of Sport and Recreation; they may be able to give you some support
  • Contact the Sport and Recreation Department of your Local Council or Shire, they may also be able to assist you
  • Develop a vision statement reflecting a commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive sporting environment
  • An action plan to make your commitment visible is developed, implemented and reviewed annually
  • Promote your clubs commitment to inclusion to your members, stakeholders and the local community using various promotional methods such as the club website
  • Send flyers to local schools including Special Schools in your area. Many parents are not aware of what there is available to their child
  • You may want to link the flyers with a come and try day
  • Approach disability groups and organisations within your area (eg Special Olympics – these organisations are keen to partner with an established club). They may already have access to athletes and may be able to assist with volunteer training based on their experience with  working with people with a disability.
  • If you already have sponsors then also approach them, they may be able to assist with promoting your programs
  • Local councils are always looking for inclusion programs/stories that build community development, and may also help with promotion, so link in with them. To find contact details for your local council visit the Australian Local Government Association.