Soulcial Trust collaborates with XLability Association to implement disability awareness and adaptable sports development programmes in Siem Reap and New Delhi. We strongly believe that sports and education are fundamental for drawing people with disabilities into the fabric of society. Often viewed as outcasts or unrecognised for their strength of character, our goal is to empower the community of people with disabilities through the values, challenges, and ethics of athletics’ inclusive, team-oriented culture. We intend to break the cycle of isolation that too often characterises the lives of people with physical disabilities, especially in low income and rural communities.
XLability enables people with disabilities to become more autonomous. It strives to improve accessibility and promote public awareness for disability issues to remove the inequality and exclusion they face every day.
XLability is a disability awareness and empowerment programme which involves three distinct projects: Disability Education Course, All-ability Wheelchair Sports Centre, and International Wheelchair Sports Exchange
Disability Education Course
The DISABILITY EDUCATION COURSE is our long-term initiative focusing on teaching children about the challenges and triumphs for people living with disabilities. Our classroom curriculum instills an understanding of the difficulties people with disabilities face and ways for all of us to be part of the solution to overcome disability’s social stigma. We include sports as a key element of the “solutions” aspect. Our curriculum has wheelchair sports demonstrations and talks from our ambassadors—people with their own physical challenges sharing their experiences. Reaching children and youth is essential to creating a society that celebrates inclusiveness and support for all people.
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All-ability Wheelchair Sports Centre in Cambodia
Our plans for an ALL-ABILITY WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CENTRE embody an important difference: the centre will be a place where people with and without disabilities alike can come together to play sports. No longer will people with disabilities be segregated in “disabled only” matches. This linchpin facilitates the integration of people with disabilities into society, a major objective of the XLability initiative. The sports centre will include wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The centre will become a self-sustaining project that provides ongoing socialised sporting activities for people with and without disabilities.
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International Wheelchair Sports Exchange
The INTERNATIONAL WHEELCHAIR SPORTS EXCHANGE will bring together teams from three countries: the wheelchair basketball teams from Battambang and Siem Reap, Cambodia; the wheelchair rugby team from New Delhi, India; and the wheelchair rugby clubs from the French cities of Toulouse, Toulon and Montpellier. The players will have the opportunity to teach one another their respective sports, exchange techniques, and experience life for people with disabilities in each of the three countries. Over time, the new players from each of the countries will hone their own skills to assist in the creation of new teams throughout Cambodia and India.
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