There are 80 million people with disabilities in Europe. The European Union advocates for social justice and inclusion with its European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 which aims to “empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights, and benefit fully from participating in society and in the European economy”.
In 2010, the European Council recognised the potential of sports as a tool to promote social inclusion, by increasing people’s participation in society and reducing isolation. The participation of people with disabilities in sport competitions improves their quality of life, which translates in an increased sense of self-worth, physical and psychological wellness, and the acquisition of everyday life skills such as discipline, self-control, organisation and responsibility. It also contributes to increase their visibility and to reduce their social stigma.
In this context, the DISPLAY project aims to contribute to the social inclusion of people with disabilities by increasing their participation in sports competitions through the transfer of good practices and experiences.