Strategies to Facilitate Accessibility in Rowing for Individuals with Visual Impairments
Keywords:Accommodations, feedback, modifications, psychological needs
Regardless of competitive level, rowers experience physical, psychological, and social benefits from their participation in the sport. The inherent demands and characteristics of rowing allow for the sport to be accessible for individuals with visual impairments but only if coaches consider minimal, yet specific accommodations for those individuals. This article outlines strategies for accommodations and modifications for coaches to facilitate accessibility in rowing for individuals with visual impairments. These accommodations are primarily made through promoting “boat feel” and providing accessible, inclusive feedback. Despite the ability for coaches to provide accommodations, there is also a need for self-advocacy in rowers with visual impairments, so they can better communicate their accessibility needs with their coaches.
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