The Paralympics: Challenging Misconceptions of Disabilities

We have had an amazing summer of sport and I have been particularly inspired by the Paralympic athletes who are currently adorning our television screens.

The London Paralympics have been the biggest yet and team GB are making the country proud – they currently have 54 medals and are number two on the medals table!

The public have also embraced the Paralympics – tickets to events are selling fast and TV audiences are at a record high for channel 4.

The passion and ambition of these athletes is clear to see, as they participate in the competition for which they have been training the last four years, if not their whole lives. They display an incredible degree of determination and work hard to achieve their dreams, in spite of any physical or learning disability that might hinder their success. If anything, it encourages them to work harder to achieve their goals.

In the opening Ceremony Professor Stephen Hawking said: “The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being but we share the same human spirit. What is important is that we have the ability to create”.

The Paralympics challenge misconceptions about people with a disability and prove that anyone with passion and determination can achieve extraordinary goals and reach their potential.

Creative Support projects have been celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics events by holding their own sports events – check out the Creative Support galleries to see what we have been up to!

Have any of you been watching the Paralympics and been inspired by the ‘Superhumans’ winning gold medals? Let us know in the comments what you thought of this fortnight’s sports events.




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