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Participation starts with simply being there. It involves two elements to do with shared activity and a sense of belonging. A person participates not only when they are involved in common activities but also when they feel involved and accepted.

 

Participation entails the right not to participate, to assert one’s wishes against the group by saying: ‘no’.

 

Participation involves dialogue with others on the basis of equality and thus requires the deliberate setting aside of differences of status and power. 

 

 

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