They have significantly limited accessibility in major areas
They face multiple barriers to accessing employment, education, housing, health or political participation
There exist attitudinal barriers: there is a widespread lack of understanding of how to support them and create inclusive and integrated societies
- It is all in our minds – we teach children to see the ability not the disability
- People with disabilities are not all the same - persons with disabilities have diverse strengths and needs and it is impossible to cluster them all into one group
- A people-centred approach: Individual attention is paramount to making sure each child can enjoy the sport, but also be an engaged member of the group
- What happens on the mountain doesn’t stay on the mountain: Working with children we link their extracurricular activities to what happens in school so that those with and without disability aren’t exclusionary when they return to the school grounds
Attitudes play a major role in determining whether people with disabilities experience social exclusion. Sport in this case is a “social inclusion tool” that empowers and promotes the inclusion of marginalized groups. Sport helps to make things possible, which allows children to make things happen.