Including children with intellectual disability in community-based sport and recreation REF CU00454

Are you the parent of a child with an intellectual disability who has participated in community sport and recreation? Would your child, with intellectual disability, be interested in sharing their experience with researchers? 

Applications close: as soon as possible, but no later than 30th March 2017

About the program

Children need daily physical activity for good physical and mental health and well-being. Many habits formed in childhood carry on into adult life. Many children in our community do not get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and children with intellectual disabilities participate in physical activity about half as much as children without disability.

Involving children in sport and active recreation in community clubs and organisations is one way to help all children to become physically active and socially connected with others; however, children with intellectual disabilities face physical and social barriers when trying to join in mainstream community physical activities.

Researchers from Curtin University will work with and gain the perspectives of children with intellectual disability and their parents, and community organisations to:

  • Understand what factors help or make it difficult for children with intellectual disability to participate in mainstream community sport and recreation
  • Develop resources and materials that support children with intellectual disability to successfully participate in physical activity in the community.
  • Provide workshops for families and community sport and recreation organisations to encourage and support their endeavours to have children with intellectual disabilities participate in physical activities in the community.

About the position

We are looking for two community members to be involved as research buddies to provide input and advice into this project:

  • A parent of a child with intellectual disability who has been involved in community sport and recreation
  • A child (aged 10-17 years) with intellectual disability who has been involved in community sport and recreation

What am I expected to do?

  • Provide a community perspective on the research
  • Provide input/advice on the development of a grant application

If the project receives funding, we would like to further involve the research buddies in:

  • Informing the design of research tools and resources for the project e.g. interview questions, development of guidelines and workshop materials for parents and community organisations
  • Reviewing the research findings to confirm the findings are valid and relevant to the community

What is the time commitment?

Initially in early April 2017 as part of the grant development/review process (approximately 2 hours). Then if the project is funded, ongoing involvement will be for 12-18 months, with 3-4 additional one hour meetings.

Where will meetings be held?

Initially at Curtin University or the researchers can meet community members at an accessible venue in the community.

What support is offered?

We offer a $30 honorarium per hour for meetings attended. Free training and mentoring is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: as soon as possible, but no later than 30th March 2017