An analysis of the level of participation in sport by learners with disabilities in inclusive settings
Dakwa, Francis Emson
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The practice of physical activity goes beyond providing access to programmes and making accommodations to support participation. It embraces the principle of non- discrimination of persons with disabilities and promotion of equity. In this paper, the authors attempt to discuss the extent to which learners with disabilities participate in sport within inclusive settings. Questionnaires and interviews were administered to the teacher and pupil samples, hence, a quantitative and qualitative approach was adopted for the study. Results revealed that children with disabilities were being sidelined with regards to participation in sport. It also emerged that specially trained personnel and material resources were not available to enhance the objective of inclusive physical activity. The need for in-house training for regular school teachers is vital. Sporting environments and equipment should be adapted to facilitate participation of children with disabilities in inclusive sporting activities.