Toward Progressive Inclusion and Acceptance: Myth or Reality? The Inclusion Debate and Bandwagon Discourse

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Washington State University
  • | 2 Free University of Berlin
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Inclusion has been a topic of discussions and debate among adapted physical activity professionals since the 1980s. Although the initial discussions focused primarily on inclusion as a place or placement, the discourse today about inclusion must be expanded to incorporate issues of context, disability rights, and social justice. Inclusion must now be reconceptualized as an attitude or a process. Progressive inclusion and acceptance is not a myth but a reality. As international attention and efforts are focused on physical education as a right of all children, APA professionals must forego bandwagons and adopt a strong philosophical stance that guides our efforts toward achieving inclusive physical education.

Karen DePauw is Dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164; Gudrun Doll-Tepper is with the Free University of Berlin, Institute of Sport Science, Berlin, Germany.

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