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Respect for Diversity

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Inclusive respect involves valuing others and treating them well, recognising the contributions they make to a community because of their individuality as well as through their positive actions.

 

‘Diversity’ includes seen and unseen differences and similarities between people: diversity is about difference within a common humanity. Diversity encompasses everyone, not just those seen to depart from an illusory normality. Groups and communities are seen as homogeneous when differences within them are unrecognised. Diversity is a rich resource for life and learning, rather than a problem to be overcome.

 

A rejection of difference commonly involves the denial of aspects of ourselves. So discrimination against elderly or disabled people because we do not want to acknowledge our own trajectory towards old age and our own potential for impairment and disability.

 

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