BEING DISABLED DOES NOT MEAN BEING UNABLE PLAY FOR NON-DISABLED KOCAELİ
Hüseyin Aksoy The Governor of Kocaeli
BEING DISABLED DOES NOT MEAN BEING UNABLE
We are going to tell you about the graceful deeds of good people, who have come together to overcome disabilities in their city.
Hüseyin Aksoy, the Governor of Kocaeli is the architect of this project. He is dedicated to make contributions to raise self-fulfilled and productive individuals who look to the future with confident through art. All the people in Kocaeli, including students, teachers, artists, unite to actualize this model project.
The Governor Hüseyin Aksoy highlights that the collaboration and amicable relationship between the students with and without disabilities is a milestone in overcoming any obstacle.
Mr Hüseyin Aksoy has told us about this special project, which sets a good example not only for Turkey but for the entire world.
How did 'Play for Non-Disabled Kocaeli' project come into life?
The Governorship of Kocaeli in collaboration with the Provincial Directorate of National Education decided to come up with works intended for special students. Having adopted the principle of 'unity for a greater good', overruling discrimination of 'us and others', we wanted to contribute to all, so we made a road map together. The project was actualized together with the disabled or non-disabled students. We wanted both groups to see 'we are on the same ship'. Can you tell us about the goals of 'Play for Non-Disabled Kocaeli' project?
Integration is hardly possible in an educational medium where special students are exposed to negative attitudes. If we cannot change the negative attitudes of students without disabilities towards special students in their education life, we cannot expect them to develop empathy with disabilities in daily life and in the future. Individuals with moderate disabilities who successfully complete twelve-year basic educational studies want to engage in the working life. This is a top priority for them and also for their family. Their employers' attitude towards special individuals affects the employment process directly.
In this context, special individual's high level of participation in education, business life and social life is crucial for the policies followed by the Ministry of National Education so that their quality of live is improved. "Play for Non-Disabled Kocaeli" video clearly manifests that special students form a complementary part of social life as they are also productive, and that they are capable of achieving great things when they are in collaboration with and supported by their peers without disabilities.