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Perception Barriers

“Most people [at sports facilities] are afraid of you. They don’t know what they should do.”

Negative attitudes from sighted people

Many visually impaired people are constantly told they can’t do sport. Mainstream PE teachers are often unsure how to integrate visually impaired students into their sessions.

Solution: British Blind Sport Educational Resources

We are creating a set of sport-specific educational resources to help coaches who work with visually impaired people. Share the relevant resources with your coaches and volunteers:

Solution: Accessibility training

We recommend you provide accessibility and awareness training to your customer-facing staff. There are many training providers that can help you.

It will help you and your staff consider the challenges faced by visually impaired people and improve your service.

Personal Opinion of own abilities

Visually impaired people may have a low confidence in their abilities if they have had negative experiences in sport. Several participants indicated that they felt that the biggest barrier to taking part was themselves.

Solution: Celebrate VI Paralympic athletes

After the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we have many role models who can show people that they can achieve great things, regardless of their disability.

Highlight the careers of some visually impaired athletes such as David Clarke (former blind footballer) and Libby Clegg (runner).

Protective families

Family members can sometimes be very protective of their visually impaired children. This can result in children not having access to activities due to safety concerns and the family’s lack of awareness regarding their child’s ability.

Solution: Encourage families to attend

Show parents that your sport sessions are safe by encouraging them to watch their child participate. Make sure you highlight this feature by including it on event literature.

Solution: Encourage families to play sport at home

It is important that families continue the fun and games at home. The Government recommends that children should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Encourage families to play together in addition to your activity sessions.