‘Just kids playing sport (in a chair)’: experiences of children, families and stakeholders attending a wheelchair sports club

Bernie Carter, Janette Grey, Elizabeth McWilliams, Zoe Clair

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Abstract

Children who use wheelchairs have few opportunities to play sport with their able-bodied peers and siblings. This appreciative, qualitative study explored the experiences of children, families and stakeholders at a wheelchair sports club. Participant observation, research activities, focus groups and interviews were used. Sixty-three people participated (37 children, 14 stakeholders, 10 parents, two older siblings). Thematic analysis identified one unifying theme (realising potential) and four main themes: invisibility of disability; ambivalence and attraction of the chair; fun and fellowship; and thrills and skills. The Cheetahs created opportunities for meaningful participation in wheelchair sports for children with and without disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-952
Number of pages15
JournalDisability and Society
Volume29
Issue number6
Early online date21 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • disability
  • child
  • wheelchair
  • sport
  • leisure
  • participation

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