AllPlay was established to create opportunities for all children to play sport, including the one in five children who experience developmental challenges or disability. This digital platform is part of our plan to achieve that goal.
You’ll find information, practical tips and strategies, footy stories and videos for coaches, clubs, health professionals, parents and players of all abilities. These strategies have been developed using the best available evidence and by talking to people in the community, including individuals with disabilities, families, coaches, and experts.
There are currently barriers to inclusion in sport and play for children with developmental challenges. We want to disrupt the current pathway of inequity by increasing opportunities for children with developmental challenges and disabilities to be included in and play sport. We’re listening to children, parents, coaches, and teachers and working with peak bodies and government agencies to make sure inclusion happens.
AllPlay Footy is a joint initiative between the Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC), School of Psychology, Deakin University, and the AFL.
AllPlay Footy has been generously supported with funding from the Moose Foundation. AllPlay Footy is also supported by the Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) Program administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
AllPlay Footy is also supported by funding from Jonathan and Simone Wenig. The program is conducted in partnership with The Perth Telethon Kids Institute, Charles Darwin University and The University of Melbourne.
AllPlay Footy was a 2017 VicHealth Awards finalist.
We acknowledge that the language we use shapes how we view and think about the world. The way we talk about people can influence attitudes and impact on people’s lives. It is important to not speak about others as problems or challenges or as the object of pity or charity.
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.
AllPlay acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and play and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.