Paralympian Opinion and the DysNet Digest
The long-anticipated opening ceremony has been and gone and now it's down to the Paralympians to show just why they're the best in the world at their sport.
One thing is certain however - the competitors are not special because of their various disabilities, they are special because of their athletic abilities, their determination to push themselves to their limits and beyond, and their dedication to keep training, day after day to try to be the best. In this, they are exactly the same as any able-bodied Olympic athlete.
Their back stories may inspire, but as they prepare for their events, the competitors are not thinking about how much more they have had to overcome than a non-disabled person, just to get to the start line. All that is on their minds is performing to the best level they can at the time that matters.
Just as Channel 4's 'Meet the Superhumans' trailer implies, they should not be confused with ordinary mortals, with or without disabilities. They are special and we should celebrate everything they achieve in the next few weeks.
So this week's stories are Paralympic-laden, including a look behind the scenes at the Ottobock on-site workshop. Also a special mention for our new board member, Charlotte Fielder MBE, and to our patron, Alison Lapper, who was memorably depicted in grand style at the culmination of the Opening Ceremony.
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- Voxy, NX: New Zealand: Southorn claims first 2012 Paralympic medal
- Raggiungere: La newsletter di Agosto 2012 di Raggiungere ONLUS
- Sunshine Coast Daily: Former Paralympian cheers on Aussies
- Informa Healthcare: Transfer of tactile input from an artificial hand to the forearm: experiments in amputees and able-bodied volunteers
- DysNet: Ottobock's workshops technical team that keep the Paralympians well oiled. Great work they do!
- UK Limbloss Information Centre: Amputees inspired by Paralympic Games will be given free trials of state of the art prosthetic legs
- DysNet: DysNet patron, Alison Lapper, featured in #Paralympic opening ceremony spectacular
- Star News Online: Woman born with shortened arms shares her story in hopes of inspiring others
- Guardian: "Maybe I was always meant to be where I am today" Martine Wright: from 7/7 victim to Paralympic athlete
- DysNet: Spare Parts, an exhibition of #prosthetic art, now on in London
- The Independent: UK Birth defects 'not being adequately monitored'
- Guardian: Drop the word 'disabled' from Games coverage, demands Paralympics committee president
- BBC News: Underwater wheelchair put to test
- BBC News: Take a look at this: Prosthetics through time
- Don't hide it, Flaunt it: It's How You Play The Game - Thoughtful post from Meg Zucker
- Stuff.co.nz: New Zealand champion sailor and Thalidomider, Helena on cloud nine after trailer gift
- DysNet: Paralympians with a (limb) difference - part three Has your favourite been featured?
- Daily Mail: Soldier who lost arm in Afghanistan grenade blast has bionic limb connected to his brain
- Guardian: Accessible holidays: all you need to know before you go
- Guardian: Paralympic events guide, from boccia to goalball
- Able Magazine: World Paralympians join the Relay4Equality - will you?
- Guardian: Celebrate Paralympians, but remember they needed state help to get there > thoughtful article from Polly Toynbee
- DisabilityNetwork.com: Disability and its misconceptions
- Meningitis Trust: Guest blog: My son, the Paralympian Meningitis Trust
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