Special Olympics Australia Launch New eLearning Course to Enhance PE Teaching for Students with Disabilities

by Jul 7, 2024Education, News, Not-For-Profit

Sydney, Australia – Special Olympics Australia and Playbk Sports are excited to announce the upcoming release of a new eLearning course, “Delivering Physical Education (PE) for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism”. This innovative course is available now on the Inclusive Sport Academy, Special Olympics Australia’s Learning Management System.

Targeted at PE and classroom teachers in both mainstream and special schools, this course aims to enhance the sport and physical education experiences for students with disabilities and autism. It addresses the urgent need for educators in mainstream settings to acquire specific skills and knowledge to support these students with disabilities effectively.

Leisl Stimpson, Education and Training Manager at Special Olympics Australia, emphasised the course’s practical impact: “This course is crafted to fill a crucial gap in educational training, equipping teachers with both fundamental and advanced instructional strategies specifically designed for the student cohort we are focusing on.”

The course offers a comprehensive mix of foundational knowledge, expert insights from experienced PE teachers, and a variety of classroom resources. It includes immersive videos that demonstrate best practices in real-world educational settings with a strong focus on authentic application, encouraging teachers to immediately integrate and adapt these strategies in their teaching environments.

Damian Hecker, Chief Operating Officer of Playbk Sports, shared his vision for the collaboration: “This partnership with Special Olympics Australia significantly enhances our offerings on the Inclusive Sport Academy, which already includes dozens of courses and hundreds of resources. This course represents a key addition to this extensive catalogue, helping to advance inclusive education practices across the globe.”

Special Olympics Australia is committed to promoting inclusivity through sports, providing athletes with intellectual disabilities and autism opportunities to achieve their best. This course aligns with their mission to enhance developmental opportunities for these athletes, by supporting their teachers with access to equitable, world-class knowledge and learning experiences.

Playbk Sports, known for its robust digital sports education platform, continues to push the boundaries of educational technology, creating impactful and engaging learning experiences for a global audience.

Visit Special Olympics Australia website or head straight to the Inclusive Sport Academy portal by clicking here – www.inclusivesportacademy.com.au and creating a free account or by logging in for registered users.


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About Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia is part of the global Special Olympics movement, dedicated to enriching the lives of Australians with intellectual disabilities through sports. The organization provides year-round sports training and competition in various Olympic-type sports, offering athletes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy. Beyond sports, Special Olympics Australia engages in leadership programs and health initiatives that help build confidence and social skills, promoting an inclusive society. Their efforts also extend to education and awareness campaigns in schools and communities to support people with intellectual disabilities.

About Playbk Sports

In 2015, Playbk Sports founders, good mates Damian Hecker and Jon Shepherd, set out to build an education experience without compromise.

They were tired of clunky PowerPoint Presentation, outdated PDF documents and people in regional areas missing out.

So, they sourced the best technology and built the most immersive online experience they could imagine – Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability – and since then, they’ve built even more products to stand up to technology demands and needs of modern learners of top-tier sports.

Today, we’re trusted by the biggest teams in sport, including the National Football League (NFL) and clients across the Australian Football league (AFL), National Rugby League (NRL), National Basketball League (NBL), Suncorp Super Netball, as well as AusCycling and Special Olympics Australia who form part of a global movement for people with an intellectual disability.

At Playbk Sports, we give world-wide fans what they want – closer access to the sports they love.


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