VIWAS (VISUALLY IMPAIRED WATER POLO SPECTATORS. BROADCASTING OF WATER POLO FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT/VIWAS
GRANT DECISION NR 622203-EPP-1-2020-1-EL-SPO-SSC) is an Erasmus+ SPORT project (Small Cooperative Partnership) carried out by five organizations from Greece, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, operating in different areas, with different yet complementary competences.

Specifically, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, two swimming clubs, Sportno Drustvo Invalid Ljubljana” and “Asterias”, “Rjeka Sports Association for persons with disabilities” and Associazione Euphoria, a nonprofit association.

The project focuses on individuals with visual disabilities who are often excluded from participation due to ergonomic and attitudinal barriers, are limited in opportunities to enjoy sports events like water polo and to be active spectators as people without disabilities. The aim of this project is to create a well-structured comprehensive Guide for broadcasting and commentating of water polo for people with visual disabilities. For this purpose, an indicative sample of people with visual disabilities will be trained in basic water polo skills under specially adapted teaching conditions.

At the end, the “processes and practices that work best” will be the basis for developing VIWAS Guide which will be offered as an Open Educational Resource, available in 5 languages (EN, EL, IT, SL, CR) to other professionals of the sport, water polo instructors, athletic commentators, teachers, trainers, managers and staff of non-profit sport organizations, federations, clubs, schools and educational authorities who wish to implement an audio commendation program for fans with visual disabilities in water polo athletic events and it is expected to have a cross sectional as well as longitudinal positive effect to the adapted aquatics.

For more information on the project, visit the website VIWAS – Visually Impaired Waterpolo Spectators (viwaserasmusplus.eu) and the FB page @Viwasproject.