Sport can change attitudes about people with disabilities, says Wilfried Lemke

posted by System Account
October 16, 2009

 

Sport can be a transformative force in altering attitudes of what communities think about people with disabilities as well as what these people feel about themselves, the United Nations official tasked with promoting sport for development and peace said today.

"Sport functions as a tool to improve the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities," Wilfried Lemke, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Bonn, Germany on September 4.

"With appropriate communication and know-how, sport can function as a powerful tool for transforming community attitudes and empowering individuals with disabilities through the acquisition of new physical and social skills, self-confidence and positive relationships," he added.

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