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Creating Bicycles for the Disabled

Creating Bicycles for the Disabled

Many people enjoy the freedom of riding a bicycle around town. Many would love to but physical limitations prevent them from trying. The Adaptive Cycling Center of Berkeley, California has been tackling this problem. They design bicycles to fit the specific needs of the rider. Perhaps you can’t use your right arm. The center has designed a bike especially for you. One of the most interesting things the ACC offers is free bicycle rentals. A person with special needs can…

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Disabled Runner Misses Olympic Bid, But He’s Still a Winner

Disabled Runner Misses Olympic Bid, But He’s Still a Winner

Oscar Pistorius was born without fibulas in both legs. His legs were amputated at 11 months old. That didn’t stop the 21 year old South African from having Olympic sized dreams. Earlier this year, Pistorius petitioned the IAAF to allow him to compete. There were charges that his artificial blade like legs gave him an advantage. The IAAF ruled in his favor stating there was no evidence that the blades made him run faster. Friday Pistorius ran the race of…

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Disability Leads to Art Form

Disability Leads to Art Form

Kevin Connolly was born without legs. The Montana native is healthy otherwise. He skateboards and has done things the rest of us born with legs only dream of. But, his appearance causes others discomfort. He has lived his life with the stares of strangers. Though he has lived a normal life, he can’t get around those looks of pity and anxiety. On a trip to Europe, Connolly took a photograph of one gawker. That one photograph has turned into 32,000….

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First Power Soccer Championship

First Power Soccer Championship

In October, there was a special soccer championship. The game was between United States and France. It was the first ever Power Soccer World Cup held in Tokyo, Japan. What is Power Soccer? It’s soccer played in power wheelchairs. These are easy athletes, but all are disabled. All are wheelchair-bound. The sport first started in France. It has yet to gain recognition as wheelchair sport. Who knows how many people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities will find inspiration…

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Hole in One for Blind Golfer

Hole in One for Blind Golfer

It would be difficult to hit a hole-in-one if you have perfect eyesight. Heck! I can’t even do it in pee wee golf. Imagine doing it if you couldn’t see. In August, Sheila Drummond became the first line woman to officially hit of hole-in-one. She’s 53 years old and became blind 26 years ago due to diabetes. She took up golf 15 years ago despite her blindness. There is an association for blind golfers called the USBGA. Three years ago…

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