* This post is kindly sponsored by Disability Sports Channel, but all opinions are my own. *
Like many events, the coronavirus outbreak resulted in Naidex 2020 being rescheduled to September 15th and 16th 2021. But until then, we will be sharing a new blog post every week with information on the AYL Treasure Hunt!
This exclusive activity involves working with 17 trusted exhibitors to provide attendees with the opportunity to discover and visit stands they otherwise might not have known about. You will have to wait until nearer the time to learn how you can take part, but for now, I am proud to introduce the fourth exhibitor - Disability Sports Channel!
Disability Sports Channel (DSC) is a nonprofit organisation designed to close the gap in disability sports media. The organisation was founded by a group of athletes who understand that to inspire the next generation of para-athletes, there needs to be equal representation in the media. Their mission is to establish a foundation of self-improvement, achievements, and positive lifestyle changes; as well as to lead, inspire and empower service users who may otherwise feel less compelled to pursue parasports. All of which, can be achieved by celebrating and publicising parasport events happening throughout the year that don’t receive much, if any coverage in mainstream media.
Despite the significant lack of disability representation in the media, times are changing, and with it comes the opportunity for people living with disabilities to be introduced to a more diverse, and accessible form of representation. A process which has proven to be greatly beneficial, particularly to the younger generation. A recent survey by the British Wheelchair Basketball Association showed that 78% of members said that partaking in the sport had a positive impact on their mental health - and with the help of organisations like DSC, they are provided with a platform to express their passion for sports and influence others!
DSC also offer a wide range of online events and services such as interactive quizzes, webinars, podcasts, wheelchair fitness sessions and parasport talk sessions. Allowing a community of like-minded people with an interest in diverse sports media come together on-the-go, regarding you have access to wifi or data!
At AYL we are committed to sharing unbiased information on the best products and services for people with disabilities, so it is an honour to be partnering with the Disability Sports Channel for the 2021 Naidex Treasure Hunt! For more information on supporting their mission, becoming part of a community, and taking part in virtual events - simply check out the links below!