Sport favours the rehabilitation, normalisation and integration of people with disabilities, as well as being a complement to an active life and a positive element in establishing a truly accessible society.
But achieving this unity between sports and disability is not always easy. Adapted sports require the support of many people (supervisors, health professionals, other athletes, psychologists, therapists, etc.) to create sound infrastructures, and that is why it is so important to be aware of the benefits of pairing sports with disability.
My name is Mitch St. Pierre, I have osteogenesis imperfecta, or in other words, my bones are brittle as glass so I use a wheelchair. I know what you must be thinking, what on earth would a person with my condition be doing in a Cambodian jungle, miles from civilization on a wheelchair? Well let's say I'm an adventurous soul. I was here in the jungle, north of Cambodia with my good friend from Canada, Shawn, and our new friend Max who had been working at my hotel.
Playing is a fundamental part of a child’s life. In addition to being enjoyable, it is a necessary element of learning. In the case of children with disabilities, adapted toys are a particularly important resource that helps build self-esteem, fostering the development of the child’s capabilities.
Buying a suitable wheelchair is not always simple. Everybody is an individual and has particular needs. Therefore, choosing one wheelchair or another will depend on three very personal factors: adequacy for the user, for the use, and for the surroundings.
Travelling with your wheelchair can be a great challenge, no matter if you are looking to explore historic sites, art museums, aquariums, or theme parks. However, such a trip can still be memorable if you know the right place to visit and if your choice is a destination that complies with a certain degree of accessibility for people with disabilities.