Get Skilled Access welcomes the announcement of the $2m ‘A Simple Start for Meaningful Change’ program by Senator Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Sport and the Coalition Government. ‘A Simple Start for Meaningful Change’ will deliver increased participation rates for all people with disabilities in sports programs within schools and sports clubs across Australia.

Co-founder of Get Skilled Access, 3 x Paralympic gold medalist and 7 x wheelchair tennis Grand Slam champion Dylan Alcott OAM says “Sport saved my life. I know this is a big statement but when I was a young boy with a disability struggling to find my place in the world it was sport that gave me the direction and motivation to get fit, gain confidence, participate and make something of my life.” Australian culture is built on sport and with 20% of the population having a physical, cognitive or intellectual disability, this one of a kind pilot program will work with schools and sporting clubs through targeted face-to-face and digital delivery to include all people with disability to participate in unmodified mainstream sports at all levels including playing, coaching, administration and volunteering roles.

Alcott says “Disability specific sport and programs are fantastic but to limit Australians with disability participating in modified sports only isn’t modern and inclusive. Participation needs to be offered and encouraged at all levels of school and club sports. The goal of the pilot program is to ensure our PE teachers, club coaches and administrators understand the benefits of inclusion and how having people with disability participate benefits everyone.”“We would like to thank Senator McKenzie for her personal commitment to increasing participation rates in sports programs and particularly for people with a disability.” Get Skilled Access is an Australian Disability Owned Business Enterprise. The content and delivery is uniquely created by real life disability experience delivered by real life people with disability. Get Skilled Access has been working with government, corporates and organisations to increase awareness and understanding for disability and accessibility to support cultures of inclusion.

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