Support for International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tue 2 Dec 2014
BSUK and the British Baseball and Softball Federations are supporting the 22nd annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday 3 December, with BSUK looking to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in our sports.
More than one billion people around the world live with some form of disability, and many of them continue to face not only face physical barriers but also social, economic and attitudinal barriers.
Since 1992, the annual observance of the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of the gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life – including sports.
BSUK Chair John Walmsley said: “Our sports welcome people with disabilities, but more can and needs to be done at all levels in baseball and softball to develop capacity and to understand the broader role that sport can play in the lives of people with disabilities.”
BSUK has run a trial Beep Ball programme at Farnham Park, introducing baseball to people who are blind or have visual impairment, and has recently provided staff training as part of its plans to expand participation by people with disabilities.
John Boyd, Joint CEO and Head of Development, said: “Our sports are well suited to integrating people with learning disabilities and we hope to improve on this work. They are also good sports for people with certain disabilities – such as hearing or limb impediments – to integrate into, as a number already do.”
British Baseball Federation President Earl Dix said: “"The British Baseball Federation fully supports this very important day and will work alongside its development agency, BSUK, to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in our wonderful sport."
British Softball Federation President Stella Ackrell commented: " The British Softball Federation supports International Disabilities Day and, working with BSUK, we welcome the opportunity to engage, encourage and support people with disabilities to participate in our sport."
For more information on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, visit: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1620.