SAILAWAY – Supporting the participation of children and youth with developmental disabilities in sailing
SailAway aims at fostering the social inclusion and developing the personal skills of children and youth with ASD.
Grant Agreement Number: 613241-EPP-1-2019-1-EL-SPO-SCP
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/2020-12/2021
Sport or physical activity plays crucial role in promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as it provides benefits in personal health and individual development (cognitive benefits, increased self-confidence). As regular exercise is important for children, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are no exception. Children with ASD tend to be less physically active than children who do not have developmental or learning disabilities, facing higher chances of becoming obese, which can turn into chronic diseases such as diabetes or bone problems.
Sailing is a sport that provides unique opportunities for children and young people. However, as a sport and a recreational activity, is not always accessible to all, owing, among others, to a physical or learning disability, mental health or social barriers.
It is therefore important to break such barriers, in order to ensure participation and equal opportunities in sport of children and young people with learning/developmental disabilities in sailing, since it is a sport that can help build self-confidence, self-reliance and practice social interaction with peers within a supported environment.
SailAway aims at fostering the social inclusion and developing the personal skills of children and youth with ASD, by enhancing their participation in team sports activities such as sailing.
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Yaht Klub KAP (Bulgaria)