>>>>At 6'3" tall and about 245 lbs - no matter how much I might want to become one - I could NEVER be a jockey?
Actually you could become a jockey, IF you ever wanted to be one, high isn't a factor, its weight, most jockeys are small cos its easier to maintain the jockeys required wieght, its nothing to do with their height.
That said, I don't agree with 'inclusion' for the sole purpose of not being seen to 'exclude'.
Having a daughter with a disability - she was born blind - i know how hard i personally have had to push to allow her what others take for granted. She now goes to a main stream school, with additional support and is up there with her peers, if not in some subjects surpassing them, and constantly gets A and Bs etc. The children in her class are not scared of disabilities - as i was - cos to them, they understand that not everyone is 'normal' and have learned to accept that tho people are different, that doesn't make them 'different', if you know what i mean.
On the subject of the footballer, there has to be the question of, was he accepted into the team cos he CAN play well, or because people were afraid to say no cos of his disability, and no, personally i don't think its fair on his team or opposing teams......there are specific sports and teams for people with disabilities to be a part of - however if his team are happy for him to play, then who says he shouldn't and why should we worry about the other team and how they feel..........tho saying that since american football consists of running and catching a ball, and he seems to - by the picture - run on his hands, i can't imagine how he could play!
The subject of disability is a very hard one to tackle, and no doubt there will be some people who post who think all people with a disabiliy should be institutionalised or kept away from 'normal' society...........however, i would say that having a disabled child can happen to anyone, and becoming disabled through accident or illness can also happen to anyone, and they should consider how they would feel if god forbid something happened to them or the people they love.
I can see both sides of the coin, being a mum of a disabled child, and working with families with disabled children AND on the other side, running groups, like scouts for example, where we have to include people with disabilities, even though the one boy i have at the minute i feel isn't getting anything like as much as the other boys from the group, and he is spoiling it for them with his behavior as he has the mental age of a 6 year old - the scouts are all 12 -
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