Equality and Diversity Unit 3

Unit 3 Principles of diversity….

1.Explain what is meant by the following terms:

1) Diversity:

Diversity means difference, and people differ in many ways including:
Race , Culture, National origin, Region Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Marital Status, Politics, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, Socio-economic differences, Family structure, Health Values…..
There is much value in diversity, providing the ingredients for   more rich and textured communities, with a wealth of different perspectives and experiences.

2) Equality:The Department of Health define equality as ‘creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential’ Equality is about embracing diversity and eliminating discrimination based on race, culture, disability etc. It is not about treating people the same which would inevitably leave many peoples’ needs unmet. It is about making sure all have the support they need to participate fully in society.

Inclusion isn’t just about opening the doors to all, it is also about actively promoting and enabling those who are often marginalised   in society, such as people with diabilities, to build social networks, engage, connect and really feel that they belong. The ‘Keys to Inclusion’ website summarises inclusion nicely : ‘all people should be freely and openly accommodated without restrictions or limitations of any kind.’ Inclusion should be an ‘activity’ not a passive principle. It should be about removing barriers and obstructions to full participation in society. Inclusive practice involves not asking what is wrong with the person that prevents them from doing something, but instead asking what changes need to happen so the person has the opportunity to participate. For example a visually impaired person is not considered unable to go to the cinema because they cannot see, but rather because the cinema doesn’t have an audio description service, yet.    
4) Discrimination:...