April Update from AAA Play 
April is all about awareness, acceptance, all abilities and getting active!
If you haven't registered for the Premier's Active April, it's not too late. This month we are sharing an entertaining series of videos, starting with Elise Muller on why she loves sport and how it has saved her as a woman who has autism.

The VEWSA season comes to a close with an event on this Sunday, so get your diary out and pencil it in now! We're sharing everything you need to know about powerchair sports and a seriously good line up of AAA activities and events that are sure to educate, engage, entertain, and encourage all things epic about April.

In the Spotlight

Looking Back: Inclusion in sport recreation and physical education for people with autism and developmental disability

April is the month the sector shines a light on Autism through the World Autism Acceptance/Awareness Day. With around 1 in every 100 people being affected buy autism,  awareness is becoming less of a challenge and instead, public conversation is driving acceptance to be one of the primary objectives of the initiative.

AAA Play had the privilege to once again increase accessibility to the recent 
Sport Inclusion Community of Practice Presents hosted by Sport and Recreation Victoria, by live streaming the event from Phoenix College in Ballarat.

The event celebrated World Autism Day with a focus on Inclusion in sport, recreation, and physical education for people with autism and developmental disability. The exceptional standard of speakers included local researchers Dr Stephen Edwards, and Kieran Thorpe from Federation University, Founder of AAA Sport Ballarat, Kellie Tait, and Elise Muller, Founder of Active Support.

You can watch the full live video here or preview a small snippet of Elise Muller's engaging talk by clicking the image below.

Elise Muller, founder of Active Support Services talks about why she loves sport and the positive impact it has on her life. 

Active Support works to create understanding and inclusion of Autism and all abilities in sport and education.
Professional Development • Mentoring • Personal Training

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Looking Forward: Pride Cup 2019

This Sunday will see the Dragons and Scorpions battle it out in a best of three series at the epic finale to the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season. The VEWSA Pride Cup 2019 is sure to be an event not to be missed and a great example of the niche all abilities activities that exist within our sector.

Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA) is a community based, non-profit association run by players, volunteers, and parents. VEWSA is the peak organisation for powerchair sports in Victoria. Sunday's Pride Cup will be celebrating VEWSA's 30 year anniversary with a competitive demonstration of the different powerchair sports on offer, the opportunity to meet Victoria's best powerchair athletes, a barbecue, and awards to wrap up the season in style.

Never heard of powerchair soccer, touch rugby or hockey? Brush up on your knowledge before the big game here.

Find an Activity

Sunraysia Tenpin
League Bowling is a great way to meet and make new friends.

Details can be found here

FIDA Football - Geelong Dragons
Leisure Networks, in conjunction with the Bell Park Football Netball Club, are providing an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to participate in a football team and competition.

Details can be found here

All Abilities Gymnastics - Cheltenham
Inclusive Leader Clubs are recognised by Gymnastics Victoria for having programming, policies and procedures which support underrepresented groups, including people with a disability. These clubs meet the standard of our inclusive club guidelines and have also provided inclusion awareness training for their staff

Details can be found here

People Outdoors
People Outdoors works with individuals who have a physical or intellectual disability or an acquired brain injury to provide various types of programs to enable children, teenagers and adults with disabilities to participate in outdoor adventure programs and weekend camping experiences.

Details can be found here


Lacrosse is accessible

Lacrosse Victoria have developed an innovative new version of the sport, that has been modified to suit all abilities. After successfully trialling 'Stick It' at Carlton Baths, the skills of catching, throwing and scooping are now being offered in Geelong, with plans to deliver come and try opportunities across Victoria. More details here...

Let's Learn About Gymnastics

Tumble, roll, balance, jump, and swing your way to a flipping good time! Gymnastics is an exciting sport which provides participants with a foundation in movement, as well as important development in strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Love Sport? Let's learn about... Gymnastics

Inclusion and Diversity Forum resources

All the video presentations from the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum are now on the Play by the Rules website. This TEDx style event was another sell out at the Melbourne Park Function Centre last October. Read more...

Geelong Gymnasts Shines at Special Olympics World Games

Geelong gymnast Patrick Forssman has triumphed at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, winning a Silver Medal in the Men’s Level 2 Gymnastics competition. Patrick is a gymnast at Aerosport Allstars Gymnastics in Geelong and is one of 105 athletes who was selected to represent Australia at the World Games. He is one of only 6 gymnasts chosen to represent the country, and the only representative from Victoria. Read more...


Inclusion for people with autism

Missed this month's Community of Practice? Learn from local researchers Dr Stephen Edwards and Kieran Thorpe from Federation University whose research focuses on well-being, mental health and the development of social skills for people with developmental disability and their families. The evidence base was followed by practical skills, strategies and experiences shared by Kellie Tait, Founder of AAA Ballarat and Elise Muller, Founder of Active Support. You can access the recording and presentation slides on AAA Play.


VEWSA Pride Cup 2019

The epic finale to the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season! The annual Pride Cup is proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility and will bring an end to our Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season. The Dragons and Scorpions will do battle in a best of three series, involving one game of each sport, Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby League. More details here...

Ability Fest

Ability Fest is a 1-day festival brought to you by the Dylan Alcott Foundation & Untitled Group that aims to use music as an inclusive platform to normalise disability. Launched by 3 time Paralympic gold medalist & 7 time grand slam winner Dylan Alcott. More details here...

Balloon Football

Junior BFL is a version of AFL that has been modified to suit the needs of children with multiple and complex disability. A fast, fun, friendly game, Junior BFL supports children from 6-15 to make their mark on the world of competitive footy. More details here...

VIS Open Day

If you have ever wondered what the Victorian Institute of Sport do, or are keen to check out the gym (and do a VO2 test!), this is your chance. The VIS will be holding its very first open day. More details here...

The BIG Picnic

This is an accessible event organised by City of Greater Dandenong. Come and spend the day in the great outdoors for a country-style picnic with a modern twist; an all-ages music, sports, entertainment package that will amuse the entire family. More details here...

Blind or Low Vision Teens Program

Are you, or do you know, a teen who is blind or has low vision? Do you want to be active and try out a new sport? BSRV will be hosting 2 new, low cost programs just for teens, kicking off in Term 2. Bring a friend or family member to join in! More details here...

Be Well Be Connected Expo

Information and exhibits featuring aged care, community and disability services available to people who are ageing or living with a disability, their families and supporters. Do you want to learn how to get the best from your Aged Care or NDIS package? More details here...

AAA Ambassador News

We are sad to farewell one of our ambassadors and excited to welcome some new faces to the team. If you're not already, make sure you are following us on Facebook and we'll be sharing the inspiring stories with you in the coming weeks.

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