The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.
One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.
The acceptance of all people no matter what their difference is long overdue. We are so much more than just our outside physical identity. We are all individuals first, with our own distinctive talents and personalities. I've further learned through my own journey that it is possible to ultimately find nobility from even the most challenging of situations.