The stereotypical view of people with disabilities as being unable to be truly athletic continues today. Yet, many of the participants in our study identified the potential for their participation in physical activity as an important mechanism to change societal views of their abilities. Karen's experience with her friends, who did not take her goals seriously until after they saw her compete, is a prime example of this effect. It seems that by observing individuals with disabilities participate in physical activity, others can gain a sense of ability that counters the stereotype of someone who is “disabled.”
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The more I consider it, I think it is rather difficult to discuss societal issues while avoiding politics altogether. Warsaw Will helped explain to me why "governmental" would not be a good synonym for the word societal...fine. But maybe the word "political" is in some cases. Our political views as a nation could be stated as our societal views. Or better stated: Don't our societal views shape and influence our national politics? Cannot our national politics affect our societal biases?
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In the eyes of LGBT adults, greater social acceptance has come as a result of more Americans knowing someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as well as the efforts of high-profile public figures. A large majority (70%) says individuals simply knowing someone who is LGBT has helped a lot in terms of making society as a whole more accepting. Similar-sized majorities say well-known public figures—both LGBT (67%) and non-LGBT (66%)—have helped change societal views.
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