Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre hosted their annual “Come and Try Sports Day” event on 4th December to celebrate International Day for People with Disability for 2019. The day provided an opportunity for people to try out a variety of sports ranging from soccer and wheelchair AFL, to cricket and gymnastics.
Hundreds of people from schools and local day program services participated. The day kicked off with a game of power chair soccer and ended with a Zumba class – exhausting!
I went along to join the fun, and to raise awareness about ways that social interactions could be improved for people with complex communication needs. I met up with some residents and carers from Bayley House.
They were interested to see Scope’s Tools2Talk+ App in action, particularly the “First / Then” grid which can be used as a visual support for transitions between activities or events. They were impressed at how easy it was to personalise a visual support by taking a photo and then uploading it into the app.
Before I went to Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre, I contacted Jocelyn from Gippsland Regional Communication Service after her October blog, “Fun at the pool for everyone”. Jocelyn has made social stories for children and adults with cognitive and communication impairments to prepare for their pool visit.
I showed Cameron Lee, Project Coordinator for Marriot Support Services, an example of these social stories and he suggested that the adult swimming instructors could be introduced to social stories. Cameron is currently supporting Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre towards accreditation with the Communication Access Symbol.
Thanks, Cameron, for your commitment to disability access and inclusion in the community – and for a terrific day out!
Philippa Sawyer, Inner South Regional Communication Service