AllPlay is a world-first initiative to create new pathways for inclusion for children with disabilities so they can play, learn, dance and connect into the community.
AllPlay brings research, sport, dance and education together so kids of all abilities can participate, including the one in five children who have a developmental challenge or disability.
There are many barriers to inclusion for children with disabilities and developmental challenges. When everyone can’t play it’s usually because of the structures and the systems in place, and a lack of understanding, not because of the abilities of kids. Our national survey revealed the community want more inclusive programs and coaches and teachers would like more knowledge about disability and how to modify programs to include kids of all abilities.
AllPlay was started with generous finding from the Moose Foundation in 2016. AllPlay is a national initiative to enable children with developmental challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, language disorders and intellectual disabilities, to access sport and team activities. AllPlay targets attitudes, structures and systems with evidenced-based resources and information so that everyone can play and be part of the community.
We believe it’s time to change the status quo for children with developmental challenges and disabilities.
We listen to children, parents, health professionals, researchers, clubs and organisations, coaches and teachers and work with peak bodies and government agencies to make sure inclusion happens in sport, dance and education. Through our AllPlay digital platform we provide resources and education about inclusion to increase opportunities for children with disabilities to be physically active and truly included.
People behind AllPlay
Our major funders are the Moose Foundation and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This includes funding from the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) Program and the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants administered by the NDIA.
Some prefer a person-first approach and refer to people with a disability rather than a disabled person. This puts the focus on the person rather than his or her impairment. However, others may prefer identify first language for disability, such as an autistic person rather than a person with autism). Identity first language can help individuals to “claim” their disabilities with pride.
We do not wish to offend any person or appear insensitive and so we use both approaches on our website. We also use language that focuses on accessibility rather than disability. We are always careful with the language we use but acknowledge that sometimes we may unintentionally use a word or phrase that may be offensive and if this occurs we are sorry. Our aim is always to respect all people.