International Disabled Day: A sporting perspective

By ADA ADAMCZAK

ARE DISABLED people the dregs of society? How does society look on the issue of disability? The International Day of People with Disability seems like the best time to look on their situation in sport.

In 1992 United Nations decided to promote disability, now itt has made December 3 International Disability Day.

The main purpose of that day is to encourage people to understand disability a little better. Make people think about the struggles and rights of disabled people.

Every year United Nation states the goal for the upcoming year. A year ago, the topic was: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.

The main purpose for the goals is to underline the situation of disabled people and show others with what things disabled people need to struggle with.

Now 2016 International Disability Day’s goal is: “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”.

Those 17 goals are the points given by United Nations. Those 17 points gives the idea of what are the most important stuff the World need to focus on. This year, those 17 points will be focus in disability. It will mostly focus on how to promote and make disabled people’s life easier in all those 17 UN points.

As it is stated on UN official website:

“This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.”

One of the points for this year is also to promote disability in Sports:

“The Paralympics in Rio, which happened this year, where the best way to promote disability in sport.

“When people see the disabled sportsman/woman participating in Olympics and doing good, they tend to look at them differently”, said Kirsty Mackay, who runs the South Ayrshire Action Schools.

When people see a disabled person they tend to automatically act differently towards them:

“They do not differ much from us. They like the same things we do, they talk about things we do. However, I can understand why people may be afraid to talk to them normally. Feelings are a complicated issue”, said Allison Steel whose friend’s daughter is disabled.

Disabled people are not different from others. They do the same sport and like to take part in the same things.

South Ayrshire is open to disabled people, who would like to participate in sports. One of those places is Ayrshire Sportability, which runs sports classes and clubs for disabled people:

“We have never treated anyone differently just because they are disabled. We treat everyone individually. The same way we would treat them in non-disabled clubs.

“ They are interested in the same sports, like football, tennis, swimming or athletics”, said a spokeswoman for Ayrshire Sportsability.

The sports clubs seem to be getting more and more interest from disabled people. Which means, that disability seems like not a huge deal any more.

More and more people are open to doing sports that they would probably never do if they have not been a little bit pushed:

“ We go to schools and universities to promote our clubs. We talk to all the disabled people on their individual interest and we try to fit into them. But except for that nothing seems different from working with non-disabled people”, Kirsty added.

From 1992 the United Nations has underlined the huge impact of understanding and equality for disabled people. And it seems that Ayr are getting very close to what UN seems to accomplish.

“ Ayr and the whole South Ayrshire is ready for disabled people. I am sure that very soon the whole discrimination will be over.”

That was the verdict of Ayrshire Sportsability’s spokeswoman – in the wake of International Disabled Day sport could have no better target.

 

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