Were you “wowed” by the wonderful Paralympics opening ceremony? Want to use it to inspire your students? Here are a few suggestions for useful links and teaching resources relating to the Paralympics.
The 2012 Paralympic Games ran from 29 August to 9 September 2012 in London. The official website is at www.london2012.com/paralympics/.
- International Paralympic Committee – official website of the Paralympic movement; includes the history of the Paralympic Games
- See also the British Paralympic Association – ParalympicsGB website
- You can find out more about the Paralympic Symbol (shown above) from the IPC Brand webpage and from Wikipedia
- The BBC website has a useful page on Paralympics: 10 things you need to know. Also Paralympics: 10 lesser spotted things – answering questions like “why are there no Paralympics gymnastics?”. And here’s an interesting debate: Paralympics: Should technology push athletes beyond their limits?
- Pictures: The Atlantic In Focus website has amazing photos of athletes preparing for the Paralympics, also some ‘superhuman’ photos from the 2012 Games – and the BBC has a slideshow History of the Paralympic Games.
- The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has a Special Educational Needs teaching resource about Sir Ludwig Guttman, the founder of the Paralympics
- This year, for the first time since the 2000 Games in Sydney, learning disabled athletes will be allowed to compete in the Paralympic Games. For older students, there is an audio report (18 minutes) about this issue on the BBC World Service website.
- The short animated film below, made by children from two different schools, explains why learning disabled athletes were ‘banned’ and celebrates their re-inclusion.
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