Boekvoorstelling 125 getuigenissen praktijkgids sociaal-sportief werk

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Boekvoorstelling 125 getuigenissen praktijkgids sociaal-sportief werk (FR)

Maandag 8 november: Aula UGent


Boekvoorstelling 125 getuigenissen praktijkgids sociaal-sportief werk


Die avond werd in de aula van UGent de boekvoorstelling gedaan van 125 getuigenissen praktijkgids sociaal-sportief werk.

Het is een boek met getuigenissen van organisaties die het moeilijk hebben in de maatschappij voor erkenning van hun doelgroep.

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Sociaal-sportief werk is een nieuwe term die toch vertrouwd klinkt omwille van de herkenbaarheid van de componenten. Het gaat in principe om de doorsnede van drie sectoren (Werk, Sport en Welzijn), waar ook tal van andere domeinen mee verwant zijn (jeugdwerk, gelijke kansen, volksgezondheid, onderwijs, cultuur, enz.). Het koppelteken tussen sociaal en sportief heeft daarom in de eerste plaats een symbolische functie. Met de Praktijkgids sociaal-sportief werk willen we sectoren koppelen en bruggen bouwen, ook tussen diverse gerelateerde labels als Buurtsport, Sport+ (Sport-plus), +Sport, Sport for Development, enz.


In het eerste boekdeel getuigen 125 protagonisten over hun visies, noden en dromen. Over wat goed loopt en over wat nog veel beter zou kunnen lopen. Door het hybride karakter van hun activiteiten zijn ze (bijvoorbeeld op het vlak van sectorale of domeinspecifieke subsidies) soms slachtoffer van hun innovatieve aanpak. Maar bij de pakken blijven zitten, doen ze niet. Zelfs niet in tijden van corona. Dit eerste volume van de praktijkgids kan dan ook als een bloemlezing van de grote rijkdom aan sociaal-sportief werk worden gezien. Meer nog dan mooi, hoopt deze gids dan ook nuttig te zijn. Een gids in de vele betekenissen van het woord dus.


De avond werd afgesloten met een receptie waar de voorzitter Jan Van den Braembussche diverse contacten kon maken met andere instanties. Iedereen kent momenteel Europa’s snelste loper op de marathon met Bashir ABDI die ook zijn getuigenis heeft afgelegd voor zijn doelgroep vzw sportaround (organisatie voor naschoolse sport voor mensen die het moeilijk hebben om aan sport te doen).

Ook een foto met professor Pascal Delheye waaruit dit boek ontstond. 

Professor van UGent, Pascal Delheye en de voorzitter van B.D.C., Jan Van den Braembussche

Een andere foto is met Dieter Dellaert, projectverantwoordelijke G-tennis van Tennis Vlaanderen die contact nam met ons om de Padel sport bij BDC te ondersteunen.

Dieter Dellaert, projectverantwoordelijke G-tennis van Tennis Vlaanderen en Jan Van den Braembussche




  1. Introduction

We hope through this section educate anyone who wants to better know and understand the needs and expectations of the deaf and hearing-impaired athletes, the athlete and leader, members of our federation.

We prepared a summary that can be read and written by a wider public concerned directly or indirectly, namely the deaf, hard of hearing, family, friends, the professional working in the field of deafness (hearing, sign language) or politician to name a few.

The axis of this summary is based on two main thoughts returning regularly and where we wanted to respond on the basis of findings encountered :

  • Why sport among deaf and hard of hearing people ?
  • Why a sports federation of the deaf and hard of hearing ?

We confine ourselves to develop the main responses to these questions related to the practice and management of sport and for deaf and hard of hearing people.

  1. Questions and answers
  • 2.1.     Why sport among deaf and hard of hearing people ?

It appears that the majority of our members are already (or will be) affiliated with sports valid federation (of hearing) in which the choice is based depending on the sport.

Unlike their hearing partners, our members also feel the need to practice their sport in our federation.

A – Affiliate valid federation (of hearing)

In integration for most of his time with his hearing peers (school, workplace, ...), the deaf or hard of hearing member may face sooner or later some obstacles within a valid federation we limit ourselves to most common, namely :

  • Total or partial loss of information received during a call in a group (training, meeting) ;
  • No (or little) to use sign language because the entourage consisting of hearing people to use spontaneously spoken language.

Risk of discouragement and thus abandoning the sport can be observed in the deaf or hard of hearing member.

We emphasize, however, that the practice in a valid federation is essential to meet the demands of elite athletes.  Indeed, the larger number of partners from all levels allows the deaf or hearing impaired athlete to achieve its performance objectives and therefore progression and outcome.

The presence of a deaf or hearing impaired athlete in the federation also provides the hearing person the opportunity to explore the diversity and experience of deafness as a cultural and linguistic state and not a handicap due to the communication.

B – Affiliate federation for the deaf and hard of hearing people

By deaf community, means any person (deaf, hard of hearing or hearing person) with deaf culture and mastering their language commonly practiced, namely the sign language.

Within this community managed by the federation, the deaf or hard of hearing member has the main advantages of it compared to a valid federation, namely :

  • The information received individually or in groups on the same footing in regard to other members ;
  • Participation in the proposed activity independently, without wearing a hearing aid.

The result is a social development and therefore trusted member with other athletes and leaders through fluid communication due to the language of signs.  This will be reflected in its performance in the federation for the deaf but also within a valid federation.

C – Double affiliate

Membership in these associations, namely valid (A) and deaf (B) contributes to the well-being of the member at both athletic performance at the social level with their peers.

increase < = > development

  • 2.2.     Why a sports federation of the deaf and hard of hearing ?

The deaf community is made up of people as part of a cultural and linguistic minority and therefore do not consider themselves handicapped or hearing impaired.  These terms are used by any person who has little or no knowledge of the world of deafness or being drawn from the scientific world.

Around the world, a sports federation was virtually created by a community of deaf.  In Belgium, a federation was created in 1922 as a sports federation involved in the practice of high-level sport and recreational sport.  Members are affiliated through their clubs, this always one and the same federation that exists to this day, for over 90 years.  Sport in Belgium was therefore not known proliferation of sports federations deaf during the last century, unlike some valid federations.

It appears that within this structure :

  • Communication, individually or in groups, between leaders and members spontaneously by sign language both national and international level ;
  • Each member has the opportunity to retrain as a leader (coach, administrator, referee, ...) ;
  • Transmission of a cultural identity to the participation of their peers, deaf or hard of hearing leaders of a club or federation ;
  • Affiliation single federation by EDSO at European level and the ICSD globally which is recognized by the IOC.  Only its affiliates may participate in international competitions including the Deaflympics.

With financial support from the National Olympic Committee (COIB) to their federation, the members have the opportunity to participate in international competitions and the Deaflympics.  However, they must meet especially of pocket because of lack of legal framework related to the recognition of a federation of the deaf and hard of hearing by the Flemish Community and the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.  This is unacceptable nowadays.

  1. Vision sports policy in Belgium (1999-2016) : More 15 years of failure due to the integration of deaf and hard of hearing in a federation for disabled

Like the deaf and hearing impaired, a disabled sports federation was created in 1960 and since then has managed mostly by valid (hearing) people.

The desire of these leaders is to recognize the political world only a federation for disabled grouping together all handicaps, and including the deaf and hard of hearing without the leadership of their federation are consulted.

The implementation of the Decree of 26 April 1999 by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels (former French Community) and the Decree of 13 July 2001 by the Flemish Community no longer allows the federation (via its linguistic wings) for deaf and hard of be recognized today by the political authorities and therefore call upon the services of Adeps or Bloso.

Why is this so-called forced integration within their federation ?  This is mainly due to :

  • A paternalistic vision causing an underestimation of the abilities and skills of deaf and hard of hearing, including management ;
  • In an economic reason which is not founded, namely the combination of disabilities within the same structure is less expensive for the State.

During those 15 years, the recognition of the federation for the disabled does not allow to integrate deaf, despite the subsidy granted to them.

Recently, their international and global instance what the IPC made the suggestion to the ICSD members include deaf and hard of hearing their Paralympics, starting in 2020.

What are the consequences if global integration ?

  • The existing international and national structure of deaf and hard of hearing will be to disappear ;
  • The media impact of the participation of deaf and hearing impaired in the Paralympics will be no better than Deaflympics.  Unlike other disabilities, deafness is invisible ;
  • This integration will lead the deaf to be incorporated within the structure of the Paralympics and therefore the national federation Paralympic ;
  • Meetings between deaf and hearing impaired and disabled who do not practice the sign language can only be done through direct contact.  A interpreter whenever necessary ;
  • The interest of the general meetings will be smaller because the points raised concerning the deaf and hard of hearing do not apply to other disabilities and vice versa.
  • The deaf will be doomed to gradually reduced in the management of the federation for the disabled, lack of communication role ;
  • It will not be possible to return to the existing legal framework in the country on the sport deaf since it was repealed in favor of disabled sports.  There will be more political discussion.

The integration to the Paralympics via IPC consist a integration within national federations for the disabled.

4. Conclusion

It is urgent that the political world is aware of the importance of sport by and for deaf and this, with the support of administrators from the federation of disabled allowing the inclusion of a legal framework for the recognition of a sports federation deaf in developing the new decree which will open in 2016.  And, as this is already being done for the federation of the disabled.

Recognition of the sport among deaf is a springboard to the image of sign language and therefore the recognition of deaf or hard of hearing person with its own characteristics, namely identity, communication and culture.

In this way, the sport in Belgium will be governed and treated the same footing and provide a better image among its athletes as well as the Paralympics and the Deaflympics.