»Promoting Inclusion

Inas is the recognised International Federation for intellectual disability sport.

Our sports activities are organised according to the rules of the International Federations for sport. We give athletes with an intellectual disability the opportunity to be the best in the World.

2nd Inas World Tennis Championships (2008)

Each year we organise more than 15 World and Regional Championship competitions in 11 different sports and we are actively growing our programme of activity.

We believe that, with the right support and coaching, athletes with an intellectual disability can achieve their potential

Despite their enormous talent, athletes with an intellectual disability must overcome a number of barriers to be the best in their sport. Sadly, too many people still find it difficult to get involved in sport, to find a club or coach, or to access competition.

Inas is challenging attitudes to people with an intellectual disability by providing an opportunity to perform and to be successful.

We create role models for other people follow, and we support champions.

An intellectual disability is caused by the way the brain develops either before birth or in early childhood. It is a lifelong disability and usually has a significant impact on a person’s life.

Sometimes it is caused by a genetic or inherited condition, by complications during pregnancy or childbirth, or by a childhood illness. Often though, the cause is not known.

An intellectual disability is not a mental illness, and should not be confused with conditions such as dyslexia or autism.

People with an intellectual disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need full-time help with every aspect of their lives.

5th Inas Open European Athletics Championships (2010)

Because of their disability, many people still find it harder to enjoy sport. They find it more difficult to find a club, to access events, or to find coaches who understand the support they need. Too often, sports organisations are simply not accessible, and do not encourage people with an intellectual disability to get involved.

Inas strives to overcome these barriers. Through our member organisations, thousands of people with an intellectual disability enjoy sport – be it for fun, leisure or competition. For the very best, Inas offers an opportunity to compete at an international level, including the Paralympic Games.

To find out more about intellectual disability, visit the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disability.