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The UNOSDP uses sports to help disabled people in three areas. The main aims are motivating the disabled to gain confidence in making their own decisions, to empower them to have self belief and self esteem, and to make them feel included.
For people with disabilities, they are often prevented from making their own decisions. By participating in sports, the participants gain physical and mental strength, which can allow them to become more independent.
Playing sports empowers a person and gives them confidence and belief. For disabled athletes, gaining confidence and strength allows them to gain “knowledge, skills, and confidence” that allows them to successfully represent themselves and advocate for others. Furthermore, these skills can influence disabled athletes to raise awareness and inspire change for issues they believe in.
People with disabilities are often excluded in social, economic and political areas. This is caused by “misconceptions and lack of knowledge about the true effects of disabilities”. For example, many schools in the world refuse to take in students with disabilities. Issues like these have left more than 80% of disabled people to be unemployed. By playing in sports, it helps the disabled feel included and part of a bigger community.
(information courtesy of UNOSDP)