The Power of Inclusion and Friendship

TitleThe Power of Inclusion and Friendship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsReinders, H
Journal TitleJournal of Religion, Disability & Health

The current view on inclusion does not allow us to recognize is that inclusion entails a receiving end. In this view inclusion means the recognition of persons with disabilities as citizens. What it fails to notice is that some of the most important values in human lives make us dependent upon recognition by others. {“To} be accepted,” “to be befriended,” “to be loved,” indicate invaluable experiences that are written in the passive tense. They indicate values people cannot realize by themselves. This paper reflects on how the notion of friendship as a core value may help to develop our thinking about inclusion.




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