Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Adapted sports offered by SEVAI for children with special needs-Dr.K.Govindaraju


SEVAI (www.sevai.in) Professionals under Inclusive Education for differently abled recognize the importance of sports and recreation in the successful rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. When first faced with the reality of a disability, many experience a loss of confidence, depression, and believe their lives have ended. They are often alienated from family and friends because there are no shared positive experiences. Adapted sports and recreation offers the opportunity to achieve success in a very short time period; to use this success to build self-confidence and focus on possibilities instead of dwelling on what can no longer be done. The ability to participate in a sport, such as cycling; skiing; and sailing, to name a few, provides the opportunity to reunite with family and friends in a shared activity. Competition improves sports skills. It allows individuals to experience the excitement of competition and the thrill of victory, as well as the agony of defeat. Disabled or disability sports are played by persons with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities. Many of these are based on existing sports but modified to meet the needs of persons with disabilities; they are also referred to as adapted sports. However, not all disabled sports are adapted; several sports that have been specifically created for persons with a disability have no equivalent in able-bodied sports. While sport has value in everyone's life, it is even more important in the life of a person with a disability. This is because of the rehabilitative influence sport can have not only on the physical body but also on rehabilitating people with a disability into society. Furthermore, sport teaches independence. Nowadays, people with a disability participate in high performance as well as in competitive and recreational sport.
The number of people with disabilities involved in sport and physical recreation is steadily increasing around the world with organized sports for athletes with disabilities divided into three main disability groups, sports for the deaf, sports for persons with physical disabilities, and sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. Of late organizations began to include athletes with disabilities in sporting events such as the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. However, many sports are practiced by persons with a disability outside the formal sports movements, for example: Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair dancing, Weightlifting, Swimming, and many other sporting activities one can join if one is mentally or physical disabled. The demography of disability is very difficult as counting the number of persons with disabilities is challenging because disability is not just a status condition, entirely contained within the individual. 
Mr.Roland and Mr.Maurice of AEM France appreciated the children those participated in school sports day.
Rather, it is an interaction between medical status and the environment. Disabilities make it harder to take part in normal daily activities. They may limit what a person can do physically or mentally, or they can affect the senses. Disabili.ty doesn't mean unable, and it isn't a sickness. Most people with disabilities work, play, learn, and enjoy full healthy lives.
Invisible disabilities, also known as hidden disabilities, are a disability that may not be immediately apparent. For instance some people with visual or auditory disabilities, who do not wear glasses or hearing aids, or discreet hearing aids, may not be obviously disabled. Some people who have vision loss may wear contacts. A sitting disability is another category of invisible impairments; sitting problems are usually caused by chronic back pain. Those with joint problems or chronic pain may not use mobility aids on some days, or at all. Invisible disabilities can also include chronic illnesses and conditions such as renal failure, diabetes, and sleep disorders if those ailments significantly impair normal activities of daily living.’ Disabled' is an identity that one is not necessarily born with, as disabilities are more often acquired than congenital. ETNS

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