Children with Disabilities

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 13th March 2003.

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Photo of Pauline McNeill Pauline McNeill Labour

Question S1W-34449

To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration the Physical Activity Task Force has given to outdoor play facilities for children with disabilities.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

The Physical Activity Task Force (PATF) recommended that all children, including those with disabilities, should have the opportunity to be physically active in their home, educational establishments and community. The task force formulated their recommendations having reviewed research and identified good practice on a worldwide basis.

The PATF recognised play as an important element of physical activity, accounting for the greatest proportion of children and young people’s physical activity pursuits. Membership of the PATF reflected a wide range of expertise and among those represented were play organisations, disabled groups, child health specialists and local authorities.

The PATF proposed the development of policies and resources to support four broad strategic objectives, one of which involves providing supportive physical environments to enable inactive people to become active. All of these objectives will be taken into account in the development of the four implementation plans, Active Homes, Active Schools, Active Communities and Active Workplaces.

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