EWoS Event elements – Inform.
What is it?
- An EWoS Event provides a great opportunity to provide information to the general public about the background of sports for people with a disability, but also about the daily living and personal situations of persons with a disability, both in general and in the respective local community.
Why do it?
- Still there is great lack of awareness and knowledge around the situation and the abilities of persons with a disability.
- Experience shows that understanding a sport better, leads to greater appreciation of performance.
- It is proven that the more people know about the personal background of persons with a disability, the more likely they may overcome attitudinal barriers.
How to do it?
- Provide everybody with a detailed Event Programme that contains background information. Click here to see an example.
- Create a specific information stand that is located in a central position of the EWoS Event.
- Provide Information Posters at all stands, whether this is about the sports or background on certain barriers that are created by society, e.g. towards persons in a wheel chair or persons with intellectual disabilities.
- Inform people explicitly during the Experience elements of the Event; e.g. through volunteers making participants aware what locations are not accessible yet in their community, both as regards physical and attitudinal access.
- During the Showcase Ability elements of the Event, background of the sports and their rules can be easily provided.
- Make people aware of where and how they can connect to a sport after the Event.
- Good examples of information about daily routines include the aspects of daily life with a guide dog or in a wheelchair. These can be easily connected to the Experience elements of the Event.
- Provide a variety of educational material; both self-exploring material and guided information.
- Make sure that you provide specifically information about the sports represented at the EWoS Event.
- Include questions about the background information provided into your prize competition.
- Do not play on people’s heart strings; Informing is not about making people feeling sorry or guilty!
Specific notes for para-sports
Knowing a para-sport and the respective background creates interest a) to participate and b) to watch it live or on TV. Elements of information can include the variety of para-sports and Paralympic sports available, the history of the Paralympic Movement and its values, and how to get involved. The Proud Paralympian Programme provides free-to-use resources for all IPC members.