Disability Sports and Health; Game and Activity Modifications Programme is hosted Faculty of Sport Science Gedik University and with 5 partners, under the name of “Disability Sports and Health; Game and Activity Modifications” on 23th June 2014 at Dolayoba Sports Facility. The partners of the Project are Turkey, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy and Finland. Target groups of the program are the students who studies Coaching, Physical Education, Recreation and Physical Therapy in Schools of Physical Education and Sports. 24 students from the European universities and 9 students from the Gedik University, total 33 students and 24 attended the programme. The program will cover in total 4 module and 4 weeks, 20 days with 140 hours, 76 hours of theory and 64 hours of practice.

The project is sponsored by Lifelong Learning Programme, Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management (İETT), Pendik Municipality and Tuzla Municipality up to €40,000

Disability Sports and Health; Game and Activity Modifications Programme aims to provide year round adaptive sport instruction to adults and children with physical and cognitive disabilities and also aims to investigate the health and performance benefits derived from regular physical activity across the full range of physical disabilities, as well as to investigate the motives and barriers to physical activity among these populations. Findings translate into real world applications, having a positive impact on the physical activity, health and wellbeing of persons with disabilities at all levels.

The programme in Dolayoba Sports Facility allowed individuals with disabilities to enjoy a boundary-free environment, enjoy outdoor recreation with friends and family, as well as provided access to equipment and instruction that might otherwise be unavailable by a full day event.

”Our project  will seek to challenge and change this to enable disabled people to view taking part in sport as a viable lifestyle choice. Sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transforms community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person. Through sport, persons without disabilities interact with persons with disabilities in a positive context forcing them to reshape assumptions about what persons with disabilities can and cannot do.” said Prof. Dilara OZER, the Coordinator of the Project.