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Enactments of Integrated, Disability-Inclusive Sport Policy by Sporting Organizations in British Columbia, Canada

Hammond, Andrew and Bundon, Andrea and Pentifallo-Gadd, Caitlin and Konoval, Tim (2021) 'Enactments of Integrated, Disability-Inclusive Sport Policy by Sporting Organizations in British Columbia, Canada.' Sociology of Sport Journal. ISSN 0741-1235

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Abstract

This article critically analyzed the enactment of disability-inclusive sport policies by provincial sporting organizations in British Columbia, Canada. Thirty semi-structured interviews with managers representing organizations informed the analysis. Findings highlighted how organizational circumstances prompted managers to enact integration policies in novel ways at the regional level. For instance, non-disabled sporting organizations mediated the adoption of integration policies due to the perceived impact on non-disabled programming. In contrast, disability sport organizations resisted integration out of concern that non-disabled organizations could not deliver programming to an equivalent standard. To thwart the perceived integration threat, disability sport organizations developed novel solutions, such as registering themselves as freestanding organizations. Discussion arises as to whether integration is the “gold standard” of inclusion in disability sport. Policy recommendations are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 14:47
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2021 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29650

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