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Enactments of Integrated, Disability-Inclusive Sport Policy by Sporting Organizations

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posted on 2022-03-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew M Hammond, Andrea Bundon, Caitlin Pentifallo Gadd, Tim Konoval
This article critically analyzed the enactment of disability-inclusive sport policies by provincial sporting organizations in British Columbia. Thirty semistructured interviews with managers representing 13 organizations informed the analysis. Findings highlighted how organizational circumstances prompted managers to enact integration policies in novel ways at the regional level. For instance, nondisabled sporting organizations mediated the adoption of integration policies due to the perceived impact on nondisabled programming. In contrast, disability sport organizations resisted integration out of concern that nondisabled organizations could not deliver programming to an equivalent standard. To thwart the perceived integration threat, disability sport organizations developed novel solutions, such as registering themselves as freestanding organizations. Discussion arises as to whether integration is the “gold standard” of inclusion in disability sport. Policy recommendations are also discussed.

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Journal

Sociology of Sport Journal

Volume

39

Issue

1

Pagination

35 - 46

Publisher

Human Kinetics

ISSN

0741-1235

eISSN

1543-2785

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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