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HAYLEY FITZGERALD

In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 42: Disability and Physical Education

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Disability and Physical Education
Disability and physical education
Introduction

Unfortunately, society has failed so far to keep in step with the development of sport for the [sic] disabled …. Although there has been an awakening of the needs of the [sic] disabled in recent years, there is still much to be desired. (Guttmann, 1976:179)

Sir Ludwig Guttman is considered by many to be the founding father of disability sport through his pioneering work with people with spinal cord injuries. Nearly 30 years ago he claimed that society was failing to adequately address and support sporting opportunities for disabled people. Although he indicated there had been some positive developments these seemed to be incomplete. In the intervening years following Guttmann's observations we have experienced profound social and cultural changes ...

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