Make sports inclusive for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Document Type:Research Paper

Subject Area:Social Work

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Also, the proposed changes specify different things that need to be incorporated into the current programs so that the programs can cater to all the requirements of Intellectually disabled people. Keywords: Intellectual and Development Disabilities, adaptive programs, sports. Make Sports Inclusive for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Political and Legal History of the Policy The US government allocates significant funds on sports, but these funds are not managed by the federal government in fact in the US there is nothing like the Department of Sports. However, most of these funds are spent on colleges and universities, and these institutions of higher learning have significantly supported the American Olympics athletes. Even though colleges and universities are given enough funds to manage different sporting activities people with IDD are rarely integrated in sports in some colleges in the US (Harada, 2011).

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The fact is that in many states inclusion of people with intellectual incapacities and other forms of incapacities is faced by many barriers starting with the society’s attitude towards people with IDD. Also, the physical education systems have failed significantly in providing the needed platforms such as access to sporting infrastructure, equipment, and facilities for people with disabilities (Harada, 2009). Although the federal government has recently made several interventions to create opportunities for inclusion and integration of people with IDD in different sports, some states have failed to see the urgency of the matter, and in these states, individuals with intellectual incapacities are not considered or supported in sports. According to research participation in sports for individuals with intellectual incapacities is very important because it offers these people with a chance to experience physical, social and psychological gains.

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People with IDD are prone to many infections, and health conditions and regular physical activities can help prevent such infections and conditions which include blood pressure, diabetes, and heart-related disorders. In the same year, Weinberg Intellectual Disabilities initiative granted around $3600 to different colleges, universities and indigenous groups to promote the independence of individuals with IDD including recreational and sporting activities (Beail, 2014). Enterline Foundation also provided a grant of around $38000 to different Non-profit organization that supports people with IDD, Colleges, and universities to provide different services to people with IDD including sporting activities that promote their well-being. Also, there are very many government’s grants that are being offered to Non-profit organizations to promote the welfare of people with IDD, but grants related to sports are very rare.

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Proposed Changes to the Policy The proposed changes are based on the establishment of Adaptive programs that will create different chances for inclusion and integration of individuals with intellectual incapacities in sports. These programs will target schools, non-profit organizations that deal with people with IDD and indigenous group in the society comprised of people with IDD. They will also gain get a chance to interact with other people which will prevent isolation and depression (Brittain, 2016). Also, highly talented individuals will get a chance to develop their talents. These programs with support from the state and federal government and other sponsors will make sports available to people with IDD nationwide. References Beail, N. , & Williams, K.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(2), 788-794. Harada, C.

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