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The inclusion of people with intellectual disability in sport: Lessons from the Youth Unified Sports programme of Special Olympics,

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Hassan, David, Dowling, Sandra, McConkey, Roy and Menke, Sabine (2012) The inclusion of people with intellectual disability in sport: Lessons from the Youth Unified Sports programme of Special Olympics,. Sport in Society, 2012 . pp. 1-16. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2012.695348

Abstract

This article examines the Special Olympics’ Youth Unified Sports programme acrossfive countries within its Europe/Eurasia region. It focuses upon the process by whichimpact is achieved, led for the most part by coaches involved in preparing participantsfor competition through training. This is realized through the creation of sportsteams, which in the case of this research means association football and basketballteams, in which athletes (young people with intellectual disabilities, ID) are selectedalongside partners (contemporaries without an ID) to form coherent units that thencompete against other such teams locally, nationally and, occasionally, internationally.The results of this investigation reveal the positive impact, upon integration andinclusion, for athletes offered by the Unified Sports programme and point to thepowerful outcomes for a host of stakeholders, ranging from Special Olympics at anorganizational level, relatives of participants, partners and coaches as well as the athletesthemselves.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:22812
Deposited By:Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 Jul 2012 10:04
Last Modified:19 Jul 2012 10:04

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