Sport and Disability Knowledge Exchange:

The recording of webinar one: What is an inclusive activity?


This interactive webinar (online workshop) was hosted by inFocus in April 2018 and explored what is an inclusive activity in relation to S4D and disability programmes around the world.

During the webinar, we look at inclusivity through the lens of Universal Design, “a framework for the design of places, things, information, communication and policy, that can be usable by the widest range of people operating in the widest range of situations – without special or separate design.” (Institute for Human Centered Design (2015b, para. 1). You can read more about Universal Design here.

Background to the webinar

The webinar was the first in a series of six interactive webinars during 2018 that bring together practitioners, funders and researchers working in the global field of S4D and disability to share their experience and insights. Each of the webinars explores a different topic related to S4D and disability through guided discussions and exercises, with a focus on exploring the commonalities and differences in S4D and disability work around the world. The information generated from the webinars, is used to develop and refine a new theory of change (ToC) for S4D and Disability, that will be publicly available as a resource in the S4D sector. The learning will be pulled together from the 6 webinars, into a journal article at the end of the year to share learning more widely. You can find out more in our 1-page summary here.

Who should watch the webinar?

The webinars are ideal for individuals or organisations working in the field of S4D and disability. To watch back the discussion and debate, please just register to the right and you will be directed to the recording and resources. 

 *In this context, S4D is defined as the intentional use of sport, physical activity and play, to attain specific social development/impact objectives. S4D programmes use a particular approach to programmatic design and delivery, and follows a core set of principles that priortise and optimize social objectives over sporting performance outcomes.

Tom Keyte, inFocus Enterprises
Tom has over 10 years of global experience as a trainer and consultant, supporting organisations with monitoring, evaluation and learning solutions. He has developed theories of change in a wide range of workshop settings, across all 5 continents, from grassroots organisations working directly in communities, to global networks and funders.

About the webinar Host

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Eli A. Wolff, Director of the Power of Sport Lab / Co-founder of the Sport and Social Society Initiative at Brown University

 Eli is the director of the Power of Sport Lab, a platform to fuel and magnify innovation, inclusion and social change through sport. Projects of the Power of Sport Lab include

Catherine Carty, UNESCO Chair Project Manager “Transforming the lives of People with Disabilities, their families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness” at the Institute of Technology Tralee/ Chair Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities, Physical Activity and Sport Taskforce.

About the presenters

Disability in Sport, the Olympism Project, and Athletes for Human Rights. Eli is also the co-founder of the Sport and Society initiative at Brown University, and he works with the Mentor Match program at Partners for Youth with Disabilities based in Boston. From 2003 to 2008, Eli co-led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Eli has also contributed to the global coordination and mobilization network for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6 of each year as recognized by the United Nations, and an official day on the international calendar. Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University and has an MA in Olympic Studies from the German Sport University of Cologne.


Catherine works closely with UNESCO to advance the Sports Policy Follow up framework of the Kazan Action Plan. Catherine has diverse experience in the areas of inclusive physical activity, wellness and education through her policy, programme development, lecturing and research experience. As manager of a globally focused research centre Catherine aims to maximize the impact of diverse thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to develop practical sustainable solutions to maximize opportunities for health and wellbeing for all.  The UNESCO Chair supports UNESCO as the UN lead agency for physical education and sport, while supporting the work of other UN agencies as they intersect with UNESCOs goal, including UNICEF, UN Urban Habitat, WHO, UNPRPD and others.

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