Changing Perceptions in Schools

Sportable is pleased to offer a variety of programs to schools ranging from educational sessions on inclusion and disability awareness to experiential programming and adaptive sports experiences. All programs are suitable for elementary, middle, and high school students with groups of varying sizes. Each base program described below will also contain a segment highlighting Sportable and our programming here in the Greater Richmond Community. Our programs are available individually or in combination; all programs can be tailored to meet to the unique needs and learning objectives of your school and its student population.

INCLUSION AND DISABILITY ETIQUETTE TRAINING

Disability is one of many areas of diversity in our world today, and one often surrounded by many misconceptions. This multimedia presentation will dispel some of the myths surrounding people with disabilities, educate participants on person first language and actions, provide specific ways to put this language and action into practice, and leave participants with an understanding that every person is unique and has complete agency over their life and identity.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS 101

The variety of sports available to athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments is vast and the history of adaptive sports is rich and deep. Participants will be introduced to the world of Paralympic sports through a multi-media presentation featuring the Paralympic Games and an overview of the different sports available for athletes with various types of physical and visual disabilities. This will segue into the accomplishments and achievements of Sportable athletes in the Richmond community, ways to get involved, and the moving stories of our athletes.

ADAPTIVE SPORTS EXPERIENCE

This program takes Adaptive Sports 101 to the next level by engaging students in hands-on experience of a variety of sports such as goalball, sitting volleyball, and in some cases wheelchair basketball. Participants will be introduced to the basic rules and equipment for each sport and given an opportunity to try them first hand. Traditionally this is offered during Physical Education Class time and students are broken up into groups where school PE Department Staff will assist Sportable staff in running students through 8-10 minute rotations of different adaptive sports (sports selected depend on student population and space availability). This program is easily adaptable for students of various grade levels. *Please note our capacity for adaptive sports experiences is limited to a select few programs annually due to equipment availability.