Last month, we asked our community a question: What does inclusion mean to you?
Inclusion encompasses many things in a variety of places. Culture, nationality, religion, gender, race, disabilities in education, public policies and groups of people to name a few. Merriam-Webster defines inclusion as “the act of including: to take in or comprise as a part of a whole or group”.
Our community went a step further and defined inclusion through their own perspectives. Here are some of their definitions:
“Inclusion for me is simply being able to do whatever I want when I want with the people I want despite the disability. It is not to have barriers between able-bodied and people with reduced mobility, to be considered as a person rather than a person with a disability!”
“Educating yourself on how to create the ideal reality for all abilities. Then, holding yourself and others accountable for creating a better world.”
“To me, inclusion means that nobody is left out, and understanding that we all have a space in this world, and that from our own experience, we do have something to contribute. Inclusion is not leaving anyone out of the possibility of them achieving their dreams, it’s about breaking limits.”
“An inclusive perspective covers many things. For me, it’s the right to enjoy available resources without discrimination or limited participation, with equal conditions and no barriers. Inclusion also means to accept, respect and support each other so that in this diverse world, we can construct and equal and just society.”
“What is inclusion to me? It’s the grain of sand each of us must contribute to society to include and incorporate everyone – whether it’s someone in a wheelchair, someone with a visual impairment, someone who is deaf, etc. Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean they should feel different or not be able to experience certain things. If we put ourselves in the place of others we would realize that our individualism and the architecture of many spaces is not inclusive.”
“Inclusion means having a voice and being heard. Being at the table during discussions and being part of the decision making process!”
Maggie & Abe, USA