Monday April 6th is the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It was created by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the importance of sports world-wide.
Stress management workshops, gym membership reimbursement, support groups and flu shot clinics are popular examples of workplace wellness programs. Wondering if your employer offers this type of program? There is a good chance it does — more than 90 percent of large employers and 73 percent of small employers offer this employee perk.
On February 20, a federal judge in Broward County, Florida ruled that a service can be used to on public school property to provide assistance to a young man with a disability as he attended school. With this ruling, a young student will now have the benefit of having an animal provide assistance as he attends school. Now, this story may not seem like a big deal. However, a new precedence has been set in the allowing of a service animal to attend school with a youth with a disability.
Last week, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) adopted what it called “an inclusive sport strategy” that will provide opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities to compete in intercollegiate sports. The ECAC member institutions compete in Division I, II, and III levels of college sports.
Did you hear that sound? It is the sound of change. I am not talking about the seasons that are denoted by a change in weather and temperature. But something has changed in our culture and more importantly our mindset.
It is against the law to discriminate against people in the workplace simply because of their appearance, gender, or religion. Similarly, it is also illegal to discriminate against people who may have disabilities, whether they are already part of the workforce or an applicant for a vacant position. This does not only include obvious physical disabilities, such as if a person uses a wheelchair or has ambulatory issues, but also people with intellectual, sensory, and nuerological disabilities.
It seems like yesterday when I was the “different” one. I was the kid who kept asking to play, the kid who kept screaming to let me onto the basketball court. I was the kid with one leg, the one who would make things harder on everyone else.