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New Article: Meaning of Inclusion throughout the History of the Paralympic Games and Movement

In Ableism, Ableism Sports on August 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

Wolbring, Legg and Stahnisch (2010) Meaning of Inclusion throughout the History of the Paralympic Games and Movement in The International Journal of Sport & Society Volume 1, Number 3 p81-93

Abstract: Sport, both elite and recreational, is seen as important for the quality of lives, self-esteem,
independence and social integration of people with disabilities. At the same time, many people with
disabilities feel that there is not enough opportunity, recognition and support to participate in sport.
Inclusion in society is a main goal of people with disabilities and various efforts have been made in
this regard specifically in mainstreaming people with disabilities into recreational sport and physical
education in schools. What, however, is the inclusion reality and vision within high profile, high performance
sport? What is the inclusion discourse and inclusion vision within the Paralympic movement
and Games especially as it pertains to the relationship between the Paralympic and Olympic Games?
What might the future hold for the relationship between the Olympic and Paralympic Games? What
might the inclusion discourse look like in the future? To answer these questions this paper will address
the inclusion discourse within the Paralympic Movement by investigating the historical vision of Sir
Ludwig Guttmann (1899-1980), the founder of the Paralympic Movement and by tracking the inclusion
discourse of the Paralympic Movement from its inception until today. This paper finally thematizes
the issue of inclusion by looking at possible future scenarios of the Paralympic Games and its relationship
to the Olympic Games keeping in mind advances in the next generations of therapeutic assistive
devices that will inevitably narrow the performance gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games podcast

In Ableism and general human performance enhancement;, Ableism Sports on January 19, 2010 at 3:24 am

The Talks
As Canada prepares to host the world’s best, Vancouver 2010, The Globe and Mail, and the University of British Columbia in collaboration with universities across Canada, are partnering on a unique project inviting the public to flex their intellect via podcasts by some of the country’s best minds on topics related to the 2010 Winter Games.

My podcast is live

Gregor Wolbring

Who will be the future Olympic and Paralympic athlete? The impact of advances in science and technology and bodily assistive devices on Sport.


The transcript of the podcast is situated here


Book Launch of Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty

In Ableism, Ableism and general human performance enhancement;, Ableism Sports on September 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

link here

New Coke Commercial Features Special Olympics Athletes

In Ableism Sports, Sports on August 15, 2008 at 3:31 am

New Coke Commercial Features Special Olympics Athletes

6 August 2008
Special Olympics-Coca Cola sponsor logo

Special Olympics athletes are featured in a new television commercial created by The Coca-Cola Company, a Special Olympics Global Partner. The theme of the commercial, scheduled to air during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, 8-24 August, is supporting Olympic dreams. Special Olympics athletes are shown receiving medals along with Olympic athletes and Special Olympics supporters, including Nadia Comaneci, Carl Lewis and Rafer Johnson.

The Special Olympics athletes who appear in the commercial are Amanda Bamman, Special Olympics Colorado; Alex Darling, Special Olympics Washington; Paul Nimmich, Special Olympics South Carolina; and Christina Schell, Special Olympics Washington. Read the rest of this entry »