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Recognizing Olympians with a disability: past and present  

This guide serves as a compilation of materials in celebration of Disability Awareness Month for 2012. The Kendall Campus ACCESS dept. celebrates this special occassion by highlighting great athletes with disability.
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Recommended Websites

  • MDC - ACCESS Dept.
    The Office of ACCESS (Disability Services) provides, arranges and coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

  • Paralympic Games
    This is the official site of the Paralympic Movement. It contains a comprehensive list of sporting events, videos, and explanations of rules and categories for each sport
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games
    Offers all the information needed about the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London.
  • Disability Sports from Disabled World
    lost of valid information for those who are interested in this topic. It includes links to various national and international competitions for athletes who are disabled.
  • Disabled Sports USA
    This is a non-profit organization seeking to empower athletes who are disabled. It offers lots of information on events and programs.
  • 12 Awesomely Inspiring Paralympic Moments
    This site has a compilation of 12 videos that everyone should watch. Intese is the swimming competition, among others. Great sports moments!
  • Special Olympics
    Official site. Great information to share with others and use to become more involved on the activities as a volunteer or athlete.
  • Special Olympics in Florida
    Official site for Special Olympics in Florida.

Through Difficulties to the Stars

About 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability.  That has never stopped them from enjoying many activities such as sports.  In many instances athletes with disability compete and win against their able-bodied counterpart.

This guide titled: Through Difficulties to the Stars intents to highlight and celebrate incredible athletes who have some form of disability and are able to compete and excel in the national and international arenas.  This guide will serve to recognize Olympians with disability: past and present.  Here we are only highlighting athletes from the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.  There are many other important international competitions, as well as the Winter Paralympics.  Those are the subject of other guides. 

This guide is by no means comprehensive.  Please send us more information about local athletes with disability who are playing and competing in our area.


We Recognize Olympians with a Disability: Past and Present


Other libguides related to Disability you might find helpful

Disability History and Awareness in the month of October (guide from Miami Dade College)

The Disability Experience: Quest for Empowerment (guide from Fontbonne University) 

Disability Studies (guide from Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College) 

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Location: Room 2121

Phone: 305-237-2767

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Location: Room 1112, Kendall Campus
Phone: 305-237-2090
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