In the underprivileged regions of our world the infrastructure regarding health, education and employment is underdeveloped and often inaccessible. For persons with disabilities, who make up at least 15 % of the total population in those countries, accessing the few existing services is an even bigger challenge. Additionally, in countries where disability is often seen as a curse, persons with disabilities face severe discrimination and are excluded from the community.
Physical activity can positively influence their rehabilitation and strengthen their bodies. Sport also helps increase the self-confidence of persons with disabilities and contributes to their socialisation, as it allows for close contact with peers. Finally, it is a very powerful tool against discrimination, as disabled players force the community to look at their abilities and potential, rather than focusing on what they cannot do. With a goal in sight, they can convince themselves, as well as the community around them, of what they are capable of doing and trigger a change in the way society views persons with disabilities.
Author: Light for the World