What is inclusive physical education?
It provides the opportunity for students of all abilities and interests to participate in physical education. Inclusive physical education recognizes the inherent value of each student, the need for independence and self-determination and the right to make choices.
Almost any type of physical activity or game can be adapted to meet the needs of individuals with varying levels of ability. Adapting an activity to promote inclusion only requires an open mind, creativity, flexibility, and collaboration with those participating.
Key Elements of Inclusive Physical Education:
- Modifying/adapting components of the activity to suit individual needs
- Setting realistic expectations
- Providing opportunity for individual choice
- Providing assistance only to the degree required by the individual
Basic adaptation ideas
The following includes strategies for adapting physical activity in order to provide inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities. These are general strategies that can be used to meet the needs of a diverse group of people with various skills and abilities.
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