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Abilities first - Don't 'dis' the kids


Abilities first - Don't 'dis' the kids

Right to Play led what was the first in a series of sessions on abilities leadership at the East Africa Cup on the first day of competition.

Breaking down barriers

Each morning EAC participants are able to join in a one hour session focused on topical issues. Sessions include leadership, conflict resolution, first aid and abilities.

Promoting a focus on breaking down barriers to inclusion, Right to Play broke down some common myths through open discussion, such as, disability being a result of previous sins, witchcraft or a curse.

Sports leaders can challenge societal values
Sports leaders were described as being responsible for including disabled people in their programmes, as everyone has a right to fun, play and friendships. While participants blamed governments for a lack of funding and policy, it was explained that these values needed to be addressed first.

Thinking about what disabled athletes can do will help sports leaders be inclusive, capitalise on talents and show that with training disabled people can improve, just as anyone else. Right to Play explained that by doing this, sports leaders can prepare the community for further inclusive activities.

Not an extra cost
Cost, equipment and facilities were all highlighted as potential barriers to inclusive sports. Right to Play challenged this by explaining that with the same investment as anyone else disabled people will be able to join in.

Highlighting the ease of including disabled people, sitting volleyball is being played during the EAC. Right to Play described the simple changes to rules and existing equipment; information sports leaders need to allow all individuals to rise, participate and demonstrate their talents.


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Matthew Ruuska


Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 23:30