People with disabilities have fewer opportunities to actively contribute within their communities. They often experience discrimination and exclusion from activities. Inclusion works to encourage and support the development of mutual respect and understanding among individuals irrespective of race, gender, religion, socio-economic background, or abilities.
Learning to respect everyone in our community is an important part of ensuring that everyone is valued and given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to society.
Learning to respect everyone is a large part of the Just Play programme. Just Play focuses on the inclusion of people with a disability. Teachers and volunteers work with organisations in the community that have the skills and expertise to safely include children with disabilities in the programme.
Children with disabilities experience discrimination, exclusion and barriers to participation in sport and physical activity. According to a United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paci c (UNESCAP) study, 90 percent of children with disabilities do not attend school.
Messages about disability inclusion are delivered to children aged 6–12. Children are informed that they should accept persons with or without disabilities.
With messages included in the session about accepting the difference and inclusion of children with disabilities, we expect children to start changing their perception.
It is expected that children and parents will have changed their perception about persons with disabilities. This should lead to an increased participation of children with disabilities.