20080805 Sport and Persons with Disability
20080805 Sport and Persons with Disability - fostering inclusion and well-being
Persons with disabilities still face societal barriers and disability still evokes negative attitudes and discrimination in many societies. The individuals concerned — and their families — continue to experience stigma, disempowerment, and social and economic marginalization.
The cost of this exclusion and discrimination is enormous in terms of lost opportunities and poor quality of life for individuals and their families. This cost includes lost potential for society given the social, economic, and cultural contributions these individuals might be making under more equitable and inclusive circumstances.
Sport for persons with disabilities is not a new concept, but its full potential as a powerful, low-cost means to foster greater inclusion and well-being for persons with disabilities is only beginning to be realized.