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WHAT IS INCLUSION?

THE MOST COMMON DEFINITION IN ENGLISH IS "THE STATE OF BEING INCLUDED"

AN INCLUSIVE COUNTRY

Consequently an inclusive country is a place where all people are included. One could therefore also say that for a country it’s simply a way to tell all their citizens:

 

"You are important to us and we want you to know it"

 

Meaning that everyone is needed and wanted even if they may have some limitations. Because after all, every human being has some kind of limitations, and nobody is perfect.

THE DIFFERENCE

WE SOMETIMES GET THE QUESTION ON WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION IS. NOT SURE WHEATER THERE IS A COMMONLY ACCEPTED DEFINITION ON THIS OUR ANSWER IS:

Accessibility is making it possible

Accessibility is making it possible for as many as possible to access and be part of the society where they live. In practise this means that people with special needs can move around almost as easy as anyone else. They should also be able to enter schools, restaurants, offices etc. without being stopped by physical obstacles or attitudes based on prejudice.

 

Inclusion is making it happen

We definne inclusion as the proactive and systemaic work in a society to make sure as many as possible of its inhabitants are being part of what goes on at work, in the public space and in the homes. Basically it is about utilising all the resources in society, which obviously is a benefit to the common, but also a benefit for each individual.

 

Consequently there is no conflict between the two and ideally they should be seen as complimentary, both in it’s own way contributing to creating inclusive societies.

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