​International Day of Persons with Disabilities will take place on 3rd December which aims to raise awareness of social inclusion.

Young skier helps a disabled skier down the dry ski slopeOver the course of the year, a number of programmes have been successfully run in Ceredigion to ensure that sports is being delivered inclusively to citizens of all abilities. In the UK, over 11 million people of the population are disabled. Programmes that have been run include: The Play Unified programme, which involved children with learning disabilities; The Indoor Rowing Project; The IZB programme, an Inclusive Zone Basketball programme; Us Girls, a girls-only fitness activity programme; and Dance which is a dance project in partnership with Aberystwyth University.

Gemma Cutter, Development Officer for Disability Sports Wales highlighted a recent development in disability sport, “Year 5 and 6 pupils at Ceredigion Primary Schools have been learning about how to include disabled people in sporting activities, and how to adapt games to include everyone. Ceredigion is one of the first in the region to undertake Mini Disability Inclusion Training (Mini DIT). The training deals with perceptions of disabled people in sport, what terminology is correct and appropriate, and what adaptations can be made to improve inclusion.”

Gemma continued, “I was very impressed with how the schools embraced the idea of disability inclusion training for their pupils, and how keen they were to embed the knowledge they gained into their everyday lives.”

Ceredigion Actif have gained the Bronze award in the insport accreditation programme and are now working towards Silver. The intention of insport is to support the delivery of inclusive opportunity throughout the sport and leisure network including clubs, national governing bodies and local authorities. For more information on the insport programme, visit the Ceredigion Actif website, email gemma.cutter@ceredigion.gov.uk or phone 01970 633659.

Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said, “To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Ceredigion County Council is reflecting on all the good work and practice over the past year in ensuring that services, activities and opportunities are inclusive. I’m proud of the commitment and dedication that staff have given throughout the year in ensuring an inclusive, on-going program of activities is delivered to the citizens of Ceredigion, in particular to the opportunities delivered within sport through Disability Sports Wales and the insport programme.”

Councillor ap Gwynn continued, “The Council are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity in all its roles as community leader, service provider and employer. Equality lies at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to treating all citizens with respect, and to providing services for everyone.”

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a chance to spread the word on disability issues and give support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. For more information on International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the different ways you can show your support visit the UN website: www.una.org.uk