Thursday, July 21, 2011

Surf for All: a social inclusion project

"O sonho comanda a vida."

António Gedeão*

In the "International Day of Surfing", 18 June 2011 was a different day for people with disabilities.

During the weekend, "Surf for All" joined 50 participants with disabilites - physical, intellectual and visual - on Costa da Caparica beach, near Lisbon, Portigal, to have a vibrant experience in their lives.

Portuguese professional surfers could join the group and help the participants into the practice of this interesting sport for summer.

The organization "Surf for All" was impressed by the number of participants, and very happy about their excitement and the promise that participants would like to repeat this experience. 

Frederico Morais, João Guedes e Ruben Gonzalez, the Portuguese profissional surfers were there for two days, helping the participants with different disabilities to catch the right wave.

This meeting "Surf for All" was sponsered by Duckdive - Bodyboard & Surf School & Camp, Salvador's Association, Estado Líquido-Org and Portuguese Sports Federation for people with disabilities and the aim was promoting a real social inclusion, equal opportunities access leasure, sports and cultural in an environment that ensured accessibility and security.

"Surf for All" was also sponsered by Billabong, the  and others.

Salvador is a young man who suffered a violent moto accident. He was 16 years old and he felt asleep conducting his moto. Here his personal testimony.

He is a case of success of recovering, helped by his family and friends and his great courage and will.

He enourages other young people to recover and fight for better conditions and social inclusion.

Prémio Ser Capaz is annual award that promotes creativity and technologies in order to facilitate the social inclusion of people with disabilities. It 's only available for Portugal.

"Consciente da importância da investigação para a qualidade do seu projecto e para o desenvolvimento global do país, a Associação Salvador pretende estimular o desenvolvimento de projectos que possam facilitar a vida das pessoas portadoras de deficiência motora, através da atribuição do Prémio Ser Capaz - Investigação e Tecnologia"

Leia aqui o Regulamento


One of the most important school curriculum is Sports. Please read my post "Special Olympics 2011  for Children with Disabilities here

Children with disabilities have wonderful performance in sport. They are enthousiastic because they feel more integrated in the society.

It would be great for a school project developing it with a surfing school for summer holiday.  

A project that would promote the social inclusion in a open space and encourage children and teenagers with disabilities to a healthy outdoor life joining other young people.

And the fact of professional surfers  being  near them on such a good project would help kids and teens to feel less lonely during summer time.

Sports teachers, propose a similar project in your school, if the school is not far from the beach!

Educators have a crucial role helping the integration of children with disabilities.


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* António Gedeão (Portuguese poet and teacher)

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