Ryadh Sallem

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2006
Cap SAAA

IDÉE

Culbutant l’idée reçue selon laquelle les handicapés sont dépendants et n’apportent rien à la société, il propose le slogan : “ Ne vous demandez pas ce que vous pouvez faire pour les handicapés, mais ce que les handicapés peuvent faire pour vous ! “ . Il valorise les personnes handicapées comme acteurs de changement en utilisant le handicap comme un outil de prévention des comportements à risques auprès des jeunes. Il intègre des valides dans le monde des handicapés à travers des évènements ludiques et sportifs.

 

IMPACT

CAPSAAA, dont il est président fondateur, est le plus grand club handisport français et propose des sections de basket-fauteuil et de rugby fauteuil. L’association développe des missions de prévention et de sensibilisation au handicap via le sport en écoles (+ de 6000 élèves sensibilisés/an) et en entreprises ; depuis 2016, CAPSAAA met en place le dispositif “ EDUCAPCITY Les Journées citoyennes “. Il organise le “ Défistival “ fête de la mixité et de la diversité, qui réunit chaque année 10 000 personnes à Paris, avec pour slogan “ Venez avec vos différences, repartez avec vos ressemblances !”.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Ryadh est né handicapé en Tunisie. Il y a suivi un cursus scolaire en institutions spécialisées en France. Concerné par l’exclusion et l’auto-exclusion des personnes handicapées, militant incontournable acteur de la sphère « handicap »,  Ryadh se décrit comme un hyperactif “ sauvé “ par le sport. Il a participé aux Jeux Paralympiques de basket-fauteuil et de rugby-fauteuil. C’est un “ serial” entrepreneur social.

 

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ryadh Sallem was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Ryadh believes disabled people can be changemakers and positive role models. The handicapped can demonstrate values and ways of thinking based on the strength of their achievements and dedication to a chosen discipline or activity. To this end, Ryadh has created educational programs and sports clubs where the disabled are recognized for their abilities rather than their limitations. Ryadh strongly believes the disabled are limited as much by a lack of societal understanding and integration as they are by their physical condition, and is leading an awareness campaign to reverse the societal paradigm in which those with disabilities are viewed as incapable, dependent victims who live on the fringes of society. Ryadh stresses that being “disabled” is a condition we may all experience one day through sickness, accidents or old age and that many of the causes of disability such as risky behavior or bad food habits are preventable. He emphasizes that for many, being disabled means little more than being limited in a particular way at a particular moment in time. Today, most international bodies no longer consider people handicapped but rather, people in “situations of handicap”. In other words, many disabilities are not permanent incapacities but rather difficulties that individuals face that are accentuated in an environment ill-equipped to support them. Ryadh demonstrates that the history of human development is but a long list of ways we have found to compensate for our limitations. Without belittling the plight of the handicapped, Ryadh de-dramatizes disability and sheds a more positive light on their situation. His positive message is that limitations can and need to be overcome so that society works well for all.Ryadh also promotes the integration of the non-disabled into the world of the disabled. In particular, he was the first to promote the integration of players in French wheelchair basketball. Thanks to his efforts, the practice is encouraged from local clubs to the championship games. He creates regular opportunities for non-disabled people to enter the “disabled world” by helping them to focus on what they share rather than their differences.
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The Person

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