Fellow Since 2006
This profile was prepared when Raúl Lucero was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Raúl is helping Argentines embrace people who are differently-abled rather than see them as burdensome and needing to be isolated. A physical education teacher by training, Raúl saw that sports offered one way to integrate and to demonstrate the value of bringing differently-abled children with others onto the same team. This was his start. Now, he is arranging other high-visibility roles for people with disabilities, so that they can support themselves, and be seen to support themselves, through small commercial enterprises, such as bakeries and educational farms. To change perception broadly Raúl uses awareness-building tools, such as radio shows and outreach programs to schools and families.