Society & Culture
Vast majority of athletics websites make it hard for people with disabilities to see themselves participating in sport, U of A researcher finds.
Despite overtures to the contrary, para-athletes remain largely invisible within the vast majority of Canadian athletics websites, according to a University of Alberta study showing access to sport for people with disabilities is all but completely missing online.
Danielle Peers, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures, said the study arose out of frustration with how the conversation about historically low sport and fitness participation rates of people with disabilities—as low as three per cent according to the Government of Canada—is always centred on figuring out new ways of convincing people with disabilities to get physically active.
“The assumption is that it has to do with the motivation and desire of a person with disabilities,” s...