For over forty years, Active Inclusion has been a leading disability and inclusion support body in South Australia.
Our mission is to continue supporting the South Australian community, individuals and families by delivering best practice inclusion and diversity programs and advice to local government, peak body organisations, businesses, local sporting clubs and recreation groups.
Our aim is to create effective engagement opportunities and strategies between organisations, marginalised groups and the community to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
We value every person and we will support their inclusion in the broader community.
Physical activity and engagement in the community are vital to a person’s positive wellbeing.
We are all different and we celebrate these differences.
We will place the person first and respect their choice.
Our service delivery is designed as safe, high quality and we will always strive to apply best practice approaches.
Our business is flexible and innovative, adapting to rapid change in our society.
We embrace and celebrate our history and its value to our ongoing journey.
In 1981, a feasibility study was carried out by the State Department of Recreation and Sport regarding how South Australian people with an intellectual disability were represented or included in community sport, recreation and leisure activities. The result of this study was the formation of the Sport and Recreation Association of Intellectually Disabled Persons Incorporated (SRAIDP). SRAIDP was to address the outcomes of this study and to ensure the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability into valued community leisure activities.
In 1990, the Association’s name was changed to the South Australian Sport and Recreation Association for People with Integration Difficulties Incorporated (SASRAPID) to cater for the needs of all people with an integration difficulty.
More recently, Sasrapid established that the barriers faced by people living with a disability to become included in their local sports club are very similar, if not the same, for many other marginalised, disadvantaged or disengaged groups such as new migrant groups, the LGBTIQ+ community and other marginalised/disadvantaged groups. With this is mind, Sasrapid has moved forward focusing on these new audiences alongside people living with disability.
In August 2014 Sasrapid changed its name to “Inclusive Sport SA” to better align to its new purpose of ‘Building inclusive communities through sport and recreation’. Since then, Inclusive Sport SA has had a leading role in advocating for the inclusion of all people into the mainstream sport and recreation community. We have achieved this through strong partnerships within the sector, the Inclusion and Diversity in Sport annual conference and other advocacy work.