Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness


Social Change & Human Rights Agenda

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

– Mahatma Ghandi

Social justice attends to inequities and equality; barriers and access; poverty and privilege, individual rights and the collective good; the creation of social structures and procedures that affect the way individuals and communities live (Charmaz, 2011).

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In some countries, more than 80% of persons with #disabilities cannot access welfare services they need. This has to change if we want to #EndPoverty & leave no one behind!
@UNDESA report on disability & #SDGs has solutions: … #UNreportSDGsfordisabilities

How to ensure decent jobs for persons with #disabilities?
Over 100 countries have quotas for employment of persons with disabilities. That's a good start!
Learn about other solutions: …via @UNDESA

"Inclusion in Physical Education -Dancing with your eyes" interview with Róisín Kelly, primary teacher with keen interest in #PE, & Susan Marron @val11bonne @SchoolAEM. Róisín describes strategies for meaningful PE in SEN. @frances17672159 also inspired

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Key Messages

Key Messages

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Mainstreaming Diversity

A Global Partnership for Mainstreaming Diversity through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.

Our vision is a world in which EVERYONE is included and has the opportunity to participate in physical education, sport, fitness and recreation regardless of their ability, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background or creed as we know that these activities have the potential to trigger this social change while empowering people with flourishing health and well-being.



It is an action verb that underpins all the willingness, intent, actions, and resources needed to increase accessibility for people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. Let’s inclusive physical activity!


UniversAbility is the ability to take action towards universal access or inclusion. UniversAbility is a dynamic and continuous process and it indicates that a venue, product, service, activity, game, sport, fitness programme, teaching/ coaching style/ instruction demonstrates the ability to be Universally Accessible.

UniversAbility recognises capacity, willingness and intention while encouraging action towards a more inclusive world in which diversity is mainstream.


The Universal Transformational Management Framework (UTMF) contributes to the advancement of social justice by creating structures and procedures that promote equality and provide access to all citizens.

The application of the UTMF has been validated in the fitness sector for people with disabilities. However, the framework can have a wider scope of application and can be adapted to a broad intersectionality agenda.


Pathway to diversity

This pathway identifies the journey towards mainstreaming diversity and was created by the UNESCO Chair at IT Tralee, Ireland to acknowledge the steps that are necessary to co-create a society in which diversity is mainstream and in which accessibility is universal → UniversAbility.