About AllPlay Dance

AllPlay was established to create opportunities for all children to play sport, including the one in five children who experience developmental challenges or disability. This digital platform is part of our plan to achieve that goal.

You’ll find information, practical tips and strategies, dance stories and videos for dance teachers, dance schools/companies, health professionals, parents and kids of all abilities. These strategies have been developed using the best available evidence and by hearing from over 300 people in the community, including individuals with disabilities, families, dance teachers, dance schools and peak dance bodies.

Why AllPlay?

There are currently barriers to inclusion in dance for children with developmental challenges. We want to disrupt the current pathway of inequity by increasing opportunities for children with developmental challenges and disabilities to be included in dance. We’re listening to children, parents and teachers and working with peak bodies and government agencies to make sure inclusion happens.

People behind AllPlay

We are researchers from Deakin University and have been funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to create AllPlay Dance – this online space with the resources for dance schools, teachers, parents and kids with and without disabilities, as well as health professionals, to enable all children, regardless of ability, to access dance. We have also created a directory of inclusive dance schools in Australia.

We have partnered with Ausdance NSW and Ausdance Victoria to ensure these inclusive resources reach people who love dance everywhere!

To find out more about AllPlay and AllPlay programs visit our AllPlay website.

Our Language

We acknowledge that the language we use shapes how we view and think about the world. The way we talk about people can influence attitudes and impact on people’s lives. It is important to not speak about others as problems or challenges or as the object of pity or charity.

Some prefer a person-first approach and refer to people with a disability rather than a disabled person. This puts the focus on the person rather than his or her impairment. However, others may prefer identify first language for disability, such as an autistic person rather than a person with autism. Identity first language can help individuals to “claim” their disabilities with pride.

We do not wish to offend any person or appear insensitive and so we use both approaches on our website. We also use language that focuses on accessibility rather than disability. We are always careful with the language we use but acknowledge that sometimes we may unintentionally use a word or phrase that may be offensive and if this occurs we are sorry. Our aim is always to respect all people.

AllPlay acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and play and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.