Children with physical disabilities are at a significantly higher risk of obesity and its concomitant health consequences than children without disabilities. In addition, children with disabilities are much more sedentary than their nondisabled peers. Adapted community sports and physical activity programs are likely avenues for addressing the health and fitness needs of this population, but inviting and retaining children with disabilities in these programs can be challenging. In addition, lack of organized cooperation among program entities can add another layer of obstacles to successful programming. The purpose of this article is to describe the components of a successful integrated community based adapted sports program that is based on a philosophy of personal empowerment and a hub model that spans many communities. Specific strategies for overcoming barriers and methods for duplicating this model are provided.
Author Leandra A. Bedini, Ashley Thomas
Volume Vol 46, No 4 (2012)