Disability and Inclusion in the Outdoors

As the representative and peak body of the outdoors community of Victoria, Outdoors Victoria has been appointed by Sports and Recreation Victoria, through their “Together More Active” program, to lead the development of a resource to enable an increase in outdoor recreation activities offered to people with disabilities.

Phase 1

The first phase of this project, which included an industry working group and a survey of Victorians living with a physical disability and their carers, guardians and advocates, has been completed and saw the launch of our  “Welcoming people who live with a physical disability into your program” toolkit.  This free resource is especially targeted at Outdoor Activity Providers, Outdoor Education Providers and Tour Operators, but is equally applicable to schools, local communities, parks and other organisations.  It aims to provide them with a resource that can support them in offering more inclusive and universal outdoor recreational activities. (whether they are currently offering services to people with disability or not).

Please feel free to download this resource and pass it along to other organisations. We also welcome feedback and further inclusions to this document that can support the sector.

Phase 2

The second phase of this project aims to expand our work in the Disability space by creating a new resource addressing the access barriers for people with a wider range of disabilities including intellectual disabilities and autism.

As part of this new project, the working group will be widened to inform and support the broader inclusions, and we are keen to hear from individuals from all different parts of the disability and outdoors sector,including support workers/organisations, individuals with lived experience of disability, outdoor education leaders/organisations and inclusion workers, as well as parks and recreation workers.

If you would like to be involved or know more, please reach out to Andrew Gooday at careerscoordinator@outdoorsvictoria.org.au.