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THE DISABLED, DISABILITIES AND ATHLETES

V. Ryan 2011

 

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People can suffer from a wide and varied range of disabilities. A person may have a physical disability or a mental disability or an emotional disability or sensory disability.

A disability normally restricts or limits the activities of a person in some way. Although this may not always be the case.

 
1. Draw a line from the ‘disability’ to the correct description (these are very general descriptions). The first has been completed for you.
 
 
 
 
2. Most disabled people try very hard to overcome their disability and try to lead a normal life. A small number become ‘incredible athletes’ and even take part in the PARALYMPIC Games. What are these athletes called? Underline the correct answer.
 
PARAPLEGIC ATHLETES
DISABIL-ATHLETES
DISABLED RUNNERS
ATHLETES LIMITAIRE
PARALYMPIAN
 
THE PARALYMPIC GAMES
 
3. Read the passage below, about paraplegic athletes and the Paralympic Games. Add the missing words in the right order.
 
 
These are Olympic Games for ___________ people. Sporting events every bit as difficult as those in the ____ ___________ Olympic Games. Paraplegic Athletes train extremely hard for years, in order to reach the top of their sport. They win the same range of medals (Gold, ______ ___ _______) as abled-bodied athletes.
One such event is Wheel Chair Rugby. Track events include all Olympic distances (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, _______, 10000m, marathon, __ __ _____ relay and 4 x 400m relay). Field events include, shot put, discus, javelin, club throwing (for severely disabled athletes), pen_______, long, high and triple jump.
 
disabled - Able Bodied - Silver and Bronze - 3000m - 4 x 100m - tathlon
 
4. Many ‘Disabled Symbols’ do not reflect the positive spirit, that the vast majority of disabled people portray, everyday of their lives. Also, they do not reflect the energy and enthusiasm many disabled people have towards sport and other activities. See the examples below.
Design a new disabled symbol, that reflects the energy, enthusiasm and positive spirit of disabled people. Draw a rough version of your design, alongside the sample shown below. On a separate sheet, draw a final colour rendered version.
   
ROUGH VERSION
 
 
 
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