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Children with autism in a sport and physical activity context: a collaborative autoethnography by two parents outlining their experiences

McMahon, J ORCID: 0000-0002-1079-8939, Wiltshire, G, McGannon, KR and Rayner, C ORCID: 0000-0001-6335-6379 2019 , 'Children with autism in a sport and physical activity context: a collaborative autoethnography by two parents outlining their experiences' , Sport, Education and Society , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1680535.

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Abstract

Sport and physical activity contexts are entrenched with ableist perspectives which view disability as abnormal or negative. Consequently, those who deviate from cultural norms may experience inequity, exclusion, stigmatisation, non-accidental violence andmaltreatment. Despite the commitment to ensuring sport and physical activity is safe and inclusive through policies and programmes, more knowledge is needed about the welfare-related experiences of persons with a disability in sport and physical activity to better protect them. This research used collaborative autoethnography and Goffman’s theoryof stigma to explore two mothers’ experiences in a sport and physical activity context, including what they saw, what they felt and what they perceived their children with a disability experienced. This researchshows both mothers experienced stigma (e.g. enacted, courtesy, affiliate)due to their immersion and the actions of others in these contexts.Further, both mothers also perceived that their children with adisability experienced the same types of stigma in these contexts as wellas the negative consequences related to this stigma (e.g. bullying, socialisolation, exclusion, judgement, labelling, anxiety). These acts ofstigmatisation positioned both them and their children as outsiderswithin the stories. This collaborative autoethnography highlights the lackof provisions for disabled children and their families in sport andphysical activity contexts, and the persistence of ableist views.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McMahon, J and Wiltshire, G and McGannon, KR and Rayner, C
Keywords: stigma, disability, creative analytical practices, sport, safeguarding
Journal or Publication Title: Sport, Education and Society
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1470-1243
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1680535
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