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TYPES OF DISABILITIES

PHYSICAL DISABILITY

Physical disability is a broad term that can include any condition that has a lifelong impact on a person’s ability to move or control their body move...

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Young people with intellectual disability typically have differences in thinking skills, including reasoning, planning, attention, problem solving, an...

DEVELOPMENTAL COORDINATION DISORDER

Developmental Coordination Disorder

D/DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

The term ‘Deaf’ (upper case D) describes individuals who communicate using Australian Sign Language (Auslan).

CEREBRAL PALSY

Cerebral palsy describes a group of disorders that impact the way a person moves

BLIND & LOW VISION

Blind and low vision refers to significant and ongoing challenges with the ability to see

AUTISM

Young people on the autism spectrum typically have differences in how they socialise and communicate with others.

AFL Disability kids playing in AFL.
ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

Learn about ADHD and how to adapt your coaching to ensure players with ADHD can join in the fun at footy

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SOCIAL SKILLS

Social rules or norms can be difficult for some young people to understand and learn. They are not written down anywhere. For example, some young peop...

AFL Disability kids are playing in AFL.
SENSORY

Sensory functioning describes the way the body responds to environmental information, like sounds, textures, lights, smells, pain, and temperature. S...

AFL Disability kids playing in AFL.
SAFETY

Footy programs are for all young people. There is minimal tackling, the rules are modified and there is an inclusive atmosphere. That said, a common c...

AFL Disability kids playing in AFL.
MOTOR SKILLS

AllPlay Footy is a joint initiative by Monash University and the AFL. AllPlay Footy was founded at Deakin University in 2015 and has been part of Mona...

AFL Disability kids playing in AFL.
MOTIVATION

An achievement-motivated player might be very motivated by improving how they kick the football, and will happily practise kicking for a long time.

AFL disability kids are playing in AFL.
LEARNING AND MEMORY

What might this look like on the footy field?

AFL Disability kids are playing in AFL.
ENDURANCE

Endurance describes how long a young person can keep going with an activity before they become tired and need a break.

AFL disability people in wheelchair playing AFL
COMMUNICATION

‘Communication’ is a broad term that includes many skills, such as talking, understanding what other people say, and body language. Body language incl...

AFL Men holding ball and teaching kids.
COGNITION

Learn about cognition, how this can influence a footy session, and strategies for supporting players’ cognition

AFL Disability kids and mens are playing in AFL.
BEHAVIOUR

Sometimes, young people may behave in ways that could place themselves or others at risk of harm. This could involve physical actions (eg. overly roug...

AFL Disability kids playing in AFL.
ATTENTION

There are different types of attention. This includes concentration, staying focused, being able to do two things at once (eg. listening while complet...

ANXIETY

Learn about anxiety and how to adapt your coaching to ensure players with anxiety can join in the fun at footy

AllPlay Footy is a joint initiative by Monash University and the AFL. AllPlay Footy was founded at Deakin University in 2015 and has been part of Monash Education since 2021. The AllPlay Footy content and resources presented here have been developed with people with lived experience of disability, consultants from National Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, psychologists and researchers, and are brought to you with funding from a Department of Social Services Information, Linkages and Capacity Building: Social and Community Participation Stream (2020-2021) grant. We aim to use language that is respectful to everyone.