Diversity means difference, it recognises that although people have things in common with eachother, it also means people are unique and different in many ways. Diversity is about recognising and valuing those differences, it therefore consists of visible and non-visible factors which include personal characteristics such as culture, personality, work style and background that are protected under discrimination legislation in terms of disability, race, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation and age. By recognising and understanding our individual differences and embracing them, and moving beyond simple tolerance, we can create a productive environment in which everybody feels valued.
Equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their needs. For Example, if John Jones who is unable to walk far wants to board the plane, it would be no good saying to him “You have the same stairs as everybody else.” What is needed is a way of getting him on the plane that will suit his needs without showing him up and treating him in a way that is worse than other people.
Inclusion is about equal opportunities for everybody, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for different groups of people.
The potential effects of discrimination can be different for different people. The effects can be physical, emotional or a combination of both. For example children with disabilities may not be given a chance to join in with activities due to others thinking that their disability prevents them from being able to do so. This will make the child feel very different from others. Other possible effects are: * Feeling isolated
* Low self esteem
* Fear of rejection
* Low self worth
* Feeling withdrawn...
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