Tagged: paralympics

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Paralympic Primer

ON YOUR MARKS….. The Paralympics are starting soon and it’s worth repeating that the Special Olympics provide athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and are more focused on the recreational aspect of sports. Aidan will always be my favorite Special Olympian. The Paralympics are primarily for people with physical disabilities. They are built on the competitive notion of elite performance sports. Paralympics are organized alongside of, or parallel to, the Olympics so that whichever country hosts the...

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Olympic Fever

I know we’re all enjoying the Olympics right now and the Paralympic Games are starting on March 7 in Sochi. The 2012 Paralympics in London generated much enthusiasm for this event. I’ve been reading and tweeting and writing to get us all ready. My friend Margaret was a volunteer at the London Olympics and was able to attend some events. I asked her to share her thoughts. First, can you tell us what events at both...

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Food for Thought

September 30, 2013 Edition I thought I’d share this post from HuffPo Blogger Elad Nehorai who writes of his marriage,  “it was in the practicality that I found the love I was looking for.” Y’all loved my letter to my husband so I think you’ll like this too. ******** The Paralympics are on for Sochi this March. NBC and NBCSN will air fifty hours of the competition as opposed to 10 hours of the Paralympics in London, and another 66...

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Ok, Maybe He IS Romantic

Instead of doing a year end favorite blog posts wrap up, I’ve decided to recant one of my most searched for posts. This is not a marriage blog; it’s a journey through Disability World blog. Yet people find me by googling, “My husband is not romantic.” If you found me that way, first let me say, I’m so sorry about your husband. Join the club. I’d also like to say, I’m so sorry this blog...

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The Boy Who Said Hi

Meet our third Super Hero: The Boy Who Said Hi. It really is that easy, you know. I was standing in line to meet Paralympic Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen. The Boy Who Said Hi asked his grandfather why they were meeting her. He replied by saying Victoria is a world class athlete who has worked really hard and competed in London this summer. His response was totally strengths based. If that sounds like no big deal...

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Super Mom

As I listened to the stories of Victoria Arlen’s recovery and achievements at her celebration parade, I turned to my friend and said, “Who do you think drove her to swim practices an hour away?” Though Victoria was critically ill for several years, she will manage to graduate with her senior class this year. Who helped her get back on track academically? Who coordinated with the school and took Victoria to countless medical appointments? Who...

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Super Hero Week

I met four Super Heros this week. For Real. Two of my favorite realities collided – people with disabilities have special powers and I love the Paralympics. Meet Victoria, our first Super Hero. Victoria Arlen is an Olympic Champion, but being a medal winning swimmer is not her only superpower. Victoria was paralyzed at the age of 11 by transverse myelitis (inflammatory disease causing injury to spinal cord) and was in a vegetative state for several years....

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Just for a Day

Just for a day I forget about seizures, about IEPs and lurking surgeries. Just for a day, I sit on my couch and shush my children so I can hear who won gold; I get on my feet and cheer for every athlete; I look on in amazement as a guy with one leg hops over a high jump. Just for a day (or so) I was glued to the Paralympics and I was moved....

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Seven Snippets of Inspiration

— 1 — The Paralympics 2012 has been a game changer for people with disabilities. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee from South Africa also known as the Blade Runner, put them on the map when he competed in the Olympic Games this summer. The Paralympic Committee worked hard to get commentators who are athletes with disabilities and former Paralympians. This served to educate the public as we watched the Games. And the people came, and...

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What’s Up with Courtesy Medals?

I’ve been glued to the Paralympics this week and love how this event puts people with disabilities center stage based on their own achievements. There’s just one thing that bugs me; why are guide runners getting medals? After watching Wheelchair Rugby, we’ve all learned never to pet someone who uses a wheelchair, right? Sometimes people with disabilities are accompanied by a caretaker, interpreter, or guide. The rule is, if you want to speak to the...