For far too many children with disabilities, the opportunity to participate simply does not exist. Far too often, children with disabilities are among the last in line for resources and services, especially where these are scarce to begin with. Far too regularly, they are the objects simply of pity or, worse, discrimination and abuse.
The inclusion of children with disabilities in society is possible – but it requires first a change of perception, a recognition that children with disabilities hold the same rights as others; that they can be agents of change and self-determination, not merely the beneficiaries of charity; that their voices must be heard and heeded.
Executive Director, UNICEF
Indiability Foundation has been trying to encourage the inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream community through IMAGE: Indian Mixed Ability Group Events. This sport for development program is finally beginning to make a dent in the centuries-old mindsets of village Indians, and managing to change their perceptions towards people with disabilities. Here is one such example....