Can sport provide a platform for disability awareness as regards both social and biological dimensions? How can sport serve as a tool or means of social inclusion for persons or athletes with disabilities? To address these questions our qualitative study begins with a review of current research on the social dimensions of disability, namely diverse forms of social exclusion experienced by “those of us with disabilities” (McCall, 2016), such as attitudinal, institutional and environmental barriers, subsequently followed by a case study in Greece. Initially, we discuss today’s shift to inclusion— which advocates a more inclusive and people-first perspective as well as a more empowering language—and distinguish between two concepts/approaches, integration and inclusion, mainly through educational schemes, so as to facilitate the analysis that follows on sport’s role in eliminating social and institutional barriers and promoting inclusion. Inclusive education is a central objective of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and other UN and UNESCO initiatives.

Authors Irene Kamberidou

Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece 2Graduate Program.

Alexandros Bonias

Physical Education and Sport-Sociology of Sport, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Associate Professor of Sport Sociology, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

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