Please share an overview of Move United, and the organization’s impact and goals?
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United’s 200 member organization – in 43 states – is united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport, and is fully included in their community.
Move United, an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in 70 adaptive sports. Established in 1956, Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education and competition that push people further, bring people closer and leave no one on the sidelines. Join our MOVEment.
What would you like PSIA-AASI members to know about Move United’s Inclusive Playbook and Champions Program, and how they can impact and inform the work of professional snowsports instructors?
The Inclusive Playbook ensures that all youth have an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their schools, teams and communities. A first of its kind workbook, Move United’s Inclusive Playbook is geared toward elementary school students and will help bridge the gap between individuals with and without disabilities at a young age through conversations, dialogue and activities. The Inclusive Playbook is designed for school-aged children in grades 3-6, and includes an Inclusive Playmat to engage school aged children in grades K-2.
To support educators, coaches, parents and community leaders in the implementation of this material, Move United also created an instructional guide with lesson plans, activity worksheets, and additional resources geared for youth. Kids will also be able to experience the power of adaptive sport through Move United’s virtual reality videos and goggles that accompany the class sets of the Inclusive Playbook. The Inclusive Playbook is free for all that want to engage in this important conversation to change the narrative around disability and is available as a digital download.