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Facilitating Inclusive Running Events: Policy Analysis to Reduce Barriers for Persons With Disabilities

Gaudio, Eamon P. (2023) Facilitating Inclusive Running Events: Policy Analysis to Reduce Barriers for Persons With Disabilities. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Gaudio, Eamon P.

Through an Inclusive Design lens, this secondary research investigates the current state of accessibility for persons with disabilities (PWDs) within Toronto road-running events. The current academic literature demonstrates that PWDs benefit from participating in athletic and sports activities but that there are barriers preventing PWDs from participating. This research looks at the role event facilitators can play in reducing barriers for PWDs. The research uses evidence, in the form of policy documents, collected from event facilitators’ online public accessibility policies and, wherever possible, internal accessibility policies were also collected. The collected policies were then compared to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The AODA is a Government of Ontario law that aims to ensure persons with disabilities (PWDs) have the same opportunity as people without disabilities in all aspects of daily life. Using Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), the collected event facilitator’s accessibility policies were compared to the AODA. The research found that the current state of event facilitators’ accessibility policies varies widely and often does not comply with the AODA standards. As such, event facilitators must do more to comply with the AODA and work towards creating more inclusive road-running events.

Date: 1 May 2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessibility, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005, Critical Discourse Analysis, Disability Studies, Inclusive Design, Running, Social Model of Disability, Sports and Disability, Sports Event Management
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 08 May 2023 14:07
Last Modified: 08 May 2023 14:11
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4095

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