The Paralympics is changing the way people perceive disabilities

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Gray, Marion and Verdonck, Michele. 2016. "The Paralympics is changing the way people perceive disabilities." The Conversation. 19 September 2016.
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The Paralympics is changing the way people perceive disabilities

Article CategoryBlog
AuthorsGray, Marion (Author) and Verdonck, Michele (Author)
Publication TitleThe Conversation
Journal Citation19 September 2016
Number of Pages1
Year2016
Place of PublicationCarlton, Victoria, Australia
Web Address (URL)https://theconversation.com/the-paralympics-is-changing-the-way-people-perceive-disabilities-65407
Abstract

The prevailing view of disability in times past was a medical one, where the individual was seen as ill and their condition was a problem with the individual. Perceptions of disability were also based on fear of difference
and a perceived need to be 'normal'.

These negative views influenced the way people interacted with individuals with disabilities and impacted the way people with disabilities viewed their own roles in society, including their involvement in sport.

In more recent times, there has been a push to promote a social rather than medical perspective on disability. The social view shows us that people with disabilities are less restricted by their own impairments than by the barriers put on them by the society.

This change in thinking has led to people having the right to access and participate in all levels of society, including sport.

But as more individuals with disabilities have engaged in sport, and have been showcased in events such as the Paralympics, has this changed perceptions of disability?

KeywordsParalympics; disabilities; perception
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420799. Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
441099. Sociology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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