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Appendix 3: Everyone Everyday! Glossary of Words

Ability
  • The fact of being able to do something – ability to do something.
  • The level of skill someone has in a particular activity.
Attitude
  • An opinion or general feeling about something.
Barrier
  • Barriers are things that get our way of participating in community life.
Community
  • A group of people who live, work and play in the same area.
Communication
  • Communication occurs when a message is sent and received. There are many ways we can communicate our thoughts and feelings - e.g. through speech, writing, signs, body gestures, facial expressions, music, colour, pictures, sign language.
Culture
  • Shared beliefs and values of a group.
  • The beliefs, customs, practices, and social behaviour of a particular nation or people.
Disability
  • A person has a disability when they have difficulty to see, learn, walk, hear or do other activities. There are many types of disabilities and some we cannot see. Changes to buildings, rules, and attitudes are sometimes needed to help make sure a child with a disability can play, participate and go to school.
Diversity
  • The fact that very different people or things exist within a group or place.
Environment
  • What is surrounding you and impacting on your thoughts and feelings – both physically and socially.
Inclusion
  • To ensure that each individual has every opportunity to participate in community life, and to be valued for his or her uniqueness and abilities.
Inclusive Communities
  • These are communities where all people, regardless of any difference, have the same opportunities to take part in all aspects of community life. All people, regardless of any difference, have a sense of belonging and respect in the community.
Opportunity
  • Being able to participate in community life by removing barriers and making it easy to join in or have a go.

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