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The aim of the Inclusion by Design Impact Awards in Sport and Physical Activity is to inspire and share best practices that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving more inclusion for children and adolescents with disabilities around the world. The award recognizes individuals/organizations that have developed and implemented policies, practices, or programs that contribute to building an inclusive culture in sport and physical activity. They are designed to provide a stimulus for individuals/organizations to promote their activities and expand their application beyond the current group or location being served.
1. Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed
2. The Inclusion Club Ltd
3. No Barriers USA
The overall winner, with the ‘most innovative approach’ is the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh. They received the top award for their innovative approach to creating lifelong friendships among children with and without disabilities through sport and play at the local community level. CRP has been delivering the “Access and Empowerment” programme since June 2014. Using a ‘sport for development’ approach, it has reached more than 1,200 children with disabilities and another 3,000 without disability from 25 schools in 60 villages. For more information on CRP and their approach see the announcement or visit http://www.crp-bangladesh.org/index.php.
Second Place Winner
The second place winner, The Inclusion Club Ltd., was launched in July 2011 at the ISAPA conference as a free online resource designed to share good practice in sport and active recreation focused on people with disability worldwide. It includes unique audio-visual content, information, resources, ideas and tools to assist practitioners to include more people with disability in what they do. There are currently over 1,800 subscribers from 35 countries and easily accessible to anyone with access to the web. Audio-visual episodes and podcasts are broadcast to subscribers and through numerous networks and social media channels. For more information see the announcement or visit http://theinclusionclub.com.
Third Place Winner
The third place winner, No Barriers USA, is recognized for their innovative approaches to making outdoor recreation accessible to people with disabilities in a variety of diverse environments. In 2006, No Barriers started the programme “Leading the Way” that brings together youth of varying abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds to explore the outdoors. For more information on the programme and their innovations see the announcement or visit http://www.nobarriersusa.org/youth/programs/expeditions/leading-the-way/.
2016 Inclusion by Design Impact Awards’ Winners Announced