How the FA is supporting people with disabilities through Inclusive United How the FA is supporting people with disabilities through Inclusive United

How the FA is supporting people with disabilities through Inclusive United

Posted on: by Alison Wilson

Sport has a special place in our society, both globally and here in the UK.

Many of us love it, some of us really don’t like it. But the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA will undoubtedly bring out millions of passionate England supporters and show the power of sport to both divide and unite us as human beings.

Understanding that sport can create change, and help people to change for the better, is an old idea. And in 2012 The FA and Wembley National Stadium Trust began to create and deliver Inclusive United, a project that encourages more people with disabilities to start, and carry on, being physically active in London.

Since then the project has grown and 150 separate programmes have been delivered at 12 professional football clubs across England. 81 new teams have been created and the project has also let 613 trained individuals grow opportunities for people with disabilities through coaching and mentoring.

If you have a disability, a lack of accessibility to the world can make you isolated from society, and the benefits of activities like sport and recreation. Not only does Inclusive United give people with disabilities meaningful life activities to do, that many of us take for granted. It also gives these people all the amazing benefits that come with exercise and sport, such as better physical and mental health, the chance to learn and grow their teamwork, leadership and communication skills, etc.

People with disabilities require an accessible world, which is why we love the work we can see The FA doing in this area. And it’s also important to think about digital accessibility (also known as digital inclusion). We must create a society where people with disabilities can jump on to their favourite football team’s website and be able to access it to do what they need to do. For example, if you have dyslexia, and your struggle to read, how do you follow instructions online to book a ticket for a match?

Let’s not forget the professional players either. We need to ensure their rights are considered, and that we treat them as humans, so we also need to consider their digital accessibility needs too. After all, around one in five of us have a disability, and most disabilities are hidden disabilities (i.e. they are not immediately noticeable to the naked eye).

100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities – book your free demo now or call on 0191 4328092 to find out more.

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