This policy represents a commitment to include as many participants as possible with specific needs and disabilities in all roles in the Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames.
Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames has adopted an emphasis on ability not disability. Our main focus is therefore on accessibility issues to allow for ability to participate no matter your disability. This attitude will not only have a positive impact on the Outgames but also leave a legacy of understanding and awareness for people with specific needs and disabilities in Copenhagen and Denmark well after the games are over.
Purpose of the policy
The purpose of this policy is to serve as a guide for Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames to ensure that people with specific needs and disabilities are included in all areas of the preparation and staging of sporting and cultural events and the conference. Participants with disabilities will be included wherever possible in events and activities. Sports with separate disability categories include Dancing and Running.
Due to the complex and varied requirements of people with disabilities, experts from appropriate representative organisations will be consulted on all areas of implementation of this policy. This policy also puts in place strategies to build awareness and understanding within the community and to raise awareness about individuals with specific needs and disabilities during the preparation and staging of Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames.
The main focus will be to encourage people to think and act inclusively. Education and training play an important part in these consciousness-raising activities.
The objectives of this policy are to:
- ensure safe and fair events for all participants including those with specific needs and disabilities;
- ensure that all venues are accessible;
- present specific sports programs for disabled persons: Dancing and Running;
- ensure that Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames participant information kits include clear and easy to understand information about key contacts (including emergency contacts) that comply with the needs of all participants with specific needs and disabilities;
- analyse specific need requests made by participants;
- run workshops and information sessions on specific needs and disability issues for Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames staff, volunteers and partners;
- where possible, include people with specific needs and disabilities on planning committees regarding issues such as access to accommodation, transportation, communication, medical and social needs and communicate those needs to Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames organisers and participants;
- ensure appropriate assessment procedures, such as classification systems, are in place so that the extent to which an individual is able to be involved can be determined. Issues of safety and fairness for participants must be considered;
- research health care needs of participants with disabilities and seek appropriate medical advice for those requiring specialist assistance;
- provide information on prevention and treatments of HIV/AIDS and make specific arrangements for those who have lost/misplaced medications;
- assess support services required for each category of specific need and disability;
- ensure the development of volunteer networks and make sure appropriate training is provided.
Specific needs & disabilities defined
Copenhagen 2009 World Outgames define participants with specific needs & disabilities as having one or more of the following conditions:
- Physical disability
- Hearing and/or vision impairment
- Intellectual disability
People with specific needs may require special assistance and/or support to be able to fully participate. It should be noted that some individuals who fall into the specific needs and/or disability categories listed above may not need any particular assistance and/or support. Participants may choose whether or not to disclose their specific need or disability.