AwareNow: Issue 19: The Source Edition

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“…the emphasis needs to be placed on ‘alternative’ ways of doing things rather than not doing them at all.”

Undoubtedly, in many areas of life, there are adaptations and alterations that may need to be made so that people with disabilities or health issues are able to live uninhibited. However, the emphasis needs to be placed on ‘alternative’ ways of doing things rather than not doing them at all. People with disabilities are often excluded or unable to be included in activities simply because of lack of understanding and knowledge of their capabilities.

World-wide there are around 220 million young people living with a disability.

With education and openness, we can make sure that they are not bounded by the limitations that have been placed upon them. Often the best place to start is by having a conversation. By listening and engaging in dialogue we can begin to understand how and when alternative ways of doing things need to be developed and by educating ourselves on more disabilities, we can in turn become aware of their true potential. ∎

CRAIG GRAHAM

Personal Trainer & Founder of Alt Movement
 www.awarenessties.us/craig-graham Craig is a Personal Trainer based in the UK, as well as the founder and creator of Alt Movement, which aims to provide individuals with disabilities alternative and adaptive ways of exercising.

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