Blind Sports Association
Awareness, Participation & Inclusion (API) Project
The API project responds to the need for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted to become more physically active and develop healthier lifestyles. The goal of the project is to increase awareness, participation and inclusion in the community for children and youth.
One component of the project is to develop and gather existing information into a comprehensive resource package to be distributed to individuals or groups. The TOOLKIT, presentations and outreach into the community will provide support to children and youth to become physically active.
Numerous organizations have agreed to share their materials and have been referenced within the materials themselves.
The Saskatchewan Blind Sports Association (SBSA) Awareness, Participation and Inclusion (API) TOOLKIT provides information on the inclusion of children and youth with vision loss into physical activity and sport. The TOOLKIT is designed to be used by parents, teachers, coaches and other individuals working with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted.
The API TOOLKIT includes resources from a variety of sources. In some instances sources have allowed us to include portions of their publications within the TOOLKIT. This is a concerted effort to bring together solid information that can be used when working with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted. SBSA has referenced sources and acknowledged materials developed by experts in the field. SBSA has taken steps to ensure the accuracy of the materials at the time of printing.
The TOOLKIT is designed to be a collection of reference information that may be useful in working with children and youth who are blind or partially sighted. The TOOLKIT provides the resources necessary to create awareness, participation and inclusion in community activities.
Several different approaches are included and may be applicable to different settings.
The API TOOLKIT is developed for anyone encouraging children and youth who are blind or partially sighted to be physically active. It is designed to provide practical ideas and assistance in supporting and increasing the opportunities to be active.
This TOOLKIT is presented in seven (7) Modules:
Module 1 - General
v Contains general information on sight and sight- related information
Module 2 - Sports & Equipment
v Contains information on activities for preschool, school age and youth, as well as sports modifications
Module 3 – Educators, Instructors & Leaders
v Contains a guide for physical education and instruction, modifications, information on coaching and leading
Module 4 – Parents
v Contains general information on physical activity, toys, physical activity funding and information for parents
Module 5 - Leadership
v Contains information on leadership for children, youth, adults and communities
Module 6 – Wellness
v Contains information on nutrition and on physical activity
Module 7 – Resources
v Contains information on resources on various subjects including; vision, physical activity, sport equipment, and inclusion
Contact Melissa Meacham for more information or to inquire about an in-service demonstration and to receive support through the API project.
You can find most of the API TOOLKIT materials under API Resources.
This project and subsequent API TOOLKIT has been made possible through a
Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund grant.
Saskatchewan Blind Sports Association
510 Cynthia Street
Saskatoon, SK. S7L 7K7 Canada
Ph: (306) 975-0888 or Toll Free 1-877-772-7798