Disability inclusion in beach precincts: Beach for All Abilities – a community development approach through a social relational model of disability lens

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Sport Management Review, 2022, Latest articles online first
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This paper examines a community development approach to including people with disability in a sport context within beach 10 precincts for a project called Beach for All Abilities. The aim of©this research is to investigate innovative and transformative solutions that enable inclusion. The research design used multiple methods and data sources across 30 projects and three geographically diverse precincts. The theoretical framework brought together 15 community development and the social relational model of disability to inform the research. The findings show how the funded organisation working in partnership with not-for-profit, commercial and government programs, facilitated processes and practices enabling greater access and inclusion for people with disability in 20 the beach precincts. These included solutions to constraints in the built, outdoor and natural environments across mobility, vision, hearing, intellectual and mental health disability from low to very high support needs. Yet, the overall program had a major short- coming in establishing ongoing©beach-related activities for people 25 with disability. The paper concludes with implications for longevity, limitations, and future research.
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