Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disabilities
Initiated in partnership with Sport Australia, the Australian Sporting Alliance for People with Disabilities’ (ASAPD) is an Alliance of nine Sporting Organisations including: Blind Sports Australia, Disability Sports Australia, Deaf Sports Australia, Disability Wintersports Australia, Paralympics Australia, Riding for the Disabled Australia, Special Olympics Australia, Sport Inclusion Australia and Transplant Australia; all of whom share a common purpose to improve the lives of Australians living with a disability using sport as the medium and goal to collaborate, advocate and facilitate inclusive sport and physical activity for people with a disability.
The Alliance established four key groups to take their work forward, including: Government and Advocacy; Shared Services and Collaboration; Participation and Pathways; and Research and Innovation. A new Project Manager is employed to co-ordinate the work of these groups and to enhance the Alliance’s impact and shared resources and efficiencies.
The Alliance has already achieved significant success having lodged a joint submission to the National Disability Strategy to ensure that sport is included in the next 10- year plan.