People with disabilities face many forms of social, economic and political exclusion. Negative stereotypes of people with disabilities contribute to people underestimating the capacities of people with disabilities, creating barriers to opportunities and inclusion in day-to-day activities. Sport helps to remove these barriers by changing community perceptions of people with disabilities, focusing attention on their abilities.

See Also...

Canadian Paralympic Committee Website

A non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement

Special Olympics Canada

An organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.

No Accidental Champions (Canadian Sport for Life)

A guiding document telling readers how the Canadian sport system can best accommodate the needs of persons with permanent disabilities for increased activity and greater achievement through Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)