Kind Games Adaptive Sports
"Kind Games" is an adaptive sports program at CDT Kids the Barn Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona. We will improve the member experience and health of HCBS recipients in Arizona. The following goals are a particular priority: expand opportunities for social engagement and relationship building, and support recreation and health promotion programs that promote physical activity and nutrition.
Adaptive Sports refers to sport activities that have been modified through equipment, rule changes, and other adaptations to allow athletes with a disability to participate. Adaptive athletes often compete with and against other adaptive athletes. Adaptive sports training and competition programs often operate separately from mainstream programs.
The goals and benefits of our new Kind Games an adaptive sports program are increased quality of life, increased self-confidence, improved health and wellness, fewer medical problems, greater stamina in everyday activities, increased social skills, participate in a group of people with similar ability levels, gain leadership and team building skills, and develop a peer and parent support system. Inclusion happens when everyone has access to and feels accepted, valued and like they belong in a space. In the context of disability specifically, inclusive spaces are those in which individuals respect others’ needs for accommodations and/or adaptive equipment and respond to each other with patience.