Posts Tagged 'inclusion'

“Sticks and Stones” : How they influence learning in sport

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“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me!” You are probably all familiar with that ridiculous rhyme that is thrown about as if it is some sort of protective device against verbal bullying.  Name calling, slurs, and insults do hurt, of course, and people with disabilities and challenges have almost certainly had their share of such experiences. Unfortunately, sports do not have a long history of promoting acceptance, inclusion, or recognizing the value of special needs athletes. The combination of intolerance and exclusion tends to encourage athletes to use harsh and judgmental language to ridicule the performances of an athlete that does not measure up to a particular standard.

Posted by guest Apr 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

An Invisible Separateness: An Editorial

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Our culture has introduced the idea of inclusion (age appropriate participation with our peers) for years.  Laws support it, schools teach it, and many advocates work tirelessly to bring the concept of disability awareness, inclusion, and participation into schools, workplaces, and general communities.

Posted by Kerry Apr 04, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Getting Creative in the Fitness Center

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Because there is often a lack of inclusive equipment in community fitness centers, people with disabilities may have to get creative. More often than not, they must find ways to make use of the equipment that was not designed with their needs in mind. While having to find ways to use the existing equipment is not optimal, it may be necessary until more fitness centers provide equipment that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Posted by Carolyn Apr 01, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Upcoming National Leadership Conference on Inclusion Practices for employment – Washington DC, April 12

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Limited Seats are available for the Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion on April 12, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Tanya Mar 29, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Weighing in on Inclusive vs. Disability-Specific Sport Settings

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There is often a question of whether it is better to have sports specifically for people with disabilities or to include people with disabilities in sports with others who do not have disabilities.

Posted by Carolyn Mar 22, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Our Competitive Life Views

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Ours is a culture that values success in any venue. Competition and the ideal of ‘winning’ are key in any type of competition and every area and aspect of life is one in which we believe competition takes place. For example, in the arenas of beauty, attractiveness, music, making money, size of house, amount of money, disposable income, talent, athletics…it is clear to all of us that winning is the only acceptable goal. We heap riches and praise on winners, we ignore or ridicule losers. Even being the “most pitiful” is rewarded over being merely “pitiful”. Being America’s Most Greedy is rewarded over being simply greedy. It is almost impossible to engage someone in a conversation about an artist, athlete or other prominent person without comparing their performance to that of another person in the same field- with the clear task of deciding which is better.

Posted by Tanya Mar 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Reality TV is Inclusive?

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This summer my mom told me that she was surprised that I didn’t watch that reality show The Amazing Race.  She said it seemed like something I would like.  I admitted that the only reason I didn’t watch was that everyone else seemed to watch it and it always won the Emmy every year and I tend to be one of those people that doesn’t like to jump on the bandwagon.  I mean hey, I loved the Atlanta Braves when they were horrible and then happily adopted the Chicago Cubs in 2000 where I proudly watched them finish dead last in their division.

Posted by Blythe Mar 04, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

Supporting Inclusion in Religious Institutions

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I think an important part of being within the disability community is sharing resources that may be beneficial to someone else. For that reason, I wanted to share a bit about a fairly new organization. Please read on!

Posted by Carolyn Jan 21, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments