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Why we still have work to do in becoming a truly 'inclusive' society

The University of Worcester’s double Paralympian, Will Norman, on why we still have a long way to go before we can be considered a truly ‘inclusive’ society.

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  • Why we still have work to do in becoming a truly 'inclusive' society

    The University of Worcester’s double Paralympian, Will Norman, on why we still have a long way to go before we can be considered a truly ‘inclusive’ society.

    Will Norman has represented Great Britain in blind football at two Paralympic Games: Beijing in 2008 and London 2012. He was introduced to the game by two University of Worcester lecturers, Glyn Harding and Dave Mycock, after joining the University’s Widening Participation team. He now works as a Copywriter at the University, and he balances this role with training alongside his international team-mates.

    “25 years ago, I tried out for the football team at my primary school. Sporting a lovely pair of Dunlop ‘green flash’, I tentatively pushed open the classroom door where the young hopefuls had been asked to convene. The derisory guffaws that drowned me in a wave of shame and embarrassment that day came from the teacher, not the kids. It was often like this at school. I had as many problems with the staff as I did with my peers when it came to my disability, and this was nowhere more pronounced than during the weekly torment of PE.”

    Read the full piece at http://ablemagazine.co.uk/disability-news/learning-lessons-about-disability-sport/

    Will Norman Widening Participation & Outreach Co-ordinator | 04 July 2014

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