Over the past few months the Active Deaf Kids (ADK) program continues to make waves across the country with recent visits to New South Wales (NSW), Tasmania and Western Australia (WA).
The ADK program reached Dubbo for the first time as part of the NSW roadtrip. It is great to demonstrate the importance of the program across the country and visit new areas each year reaching deaf and hard of hearing students, in some cases for the first time.
We have been fortunate to have the support of our National and State Sports organisations including AFL NSW/TAS, Cricket WA, Baseball NSW, Basketball WA, Football NSW & WA, and Hockey NSW & TAS providing coaches to help run the clinics. It is also a fantastic opportunity for the coaches to work with deaf and hard of hearing kids through their sport.
In addition, the support from school teachers have helped Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) coordinate the clinics by way of transporting the students to the venues and providing Auslan interpreting.
The overall team work of the coaches and teachers has been extremely beneficial and we are grateful for their support.
The Llewellyn Communications team have also been fantastic in assisting to promote the ADK program through the media providing greater awareness. Below are some media articles for the recent clinics:
The benefits of the ADK program has been two-fold. Many deaf and hard of hearing students have made new friends, learned new sports skills and most importantly, gained confidence in themselves which in turn has a positive domino effect on their studies and life in general.
Another benefit is students and parents have an understanding of the choices available regarding pathways to sports including national and international events such as the Australian Deaf Games, Asia Pacific Games and the Deaf and Deaflympic Games. Through the ADK program many students become inspired to pursue their sports at a higher level and set the goal to become the next gold medallist at the Deaflympic Games.
Below are some useful resources confirming the benefits of sports participation equalling good education outcomes:
Physical Fitness Gives Children Better Academic Results - http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/09/28/physical-activity-improves-academic-performance.aspx
Play Boosts Children’s Development and happiness’ article –http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28658441