Sport is also well-suited to reducing dependence and developing greater independence by helping persons with disabilities to become physically and mentally stronger. These skills can be transferred into other new arenas including employment and advocacy work further helping to build self-sufficiency.

Typical barriers for people with disabilities to participate in sport include lack of awareness on the part of people without disabilities as to how to involve them in teams adequately to a lack of opportunities and programmes for training and competition; too few accessible facilities due to physical barriers.

Amazing disabled sports woman sitting on the beach

 Limited opportunities and programmes for participation, training and competition. Lack of accessible facilities, such as gymnasiums and buildings. Limited accessible transportation.

Sports for the disabled is like running with leg built for running , racing in wheel chair carts , basket ball , table tennis and much more.

There are 5.5 million and over athletes with disabilities involved in Special Olympics programs around the world. In addition, we have more than 1.1 million coaches and volunteers. We have 244 national and U.S. and programs in 193 countries. Several athletes with disabilities have competed in both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. New Zealander Neroli Fair hall was the first paraplegic competitor in the Olympic Games.

Disabled sport men in action while playing indoor basketball

Paralympic Games, major international sports competition for athletes with disabilities. Comparable to the Olympic Games, the Paralympics are split into Winter Games and Summer Games, which alternately occur every two years.

The Paralympic Movement offers sport opportunities for athletes with physical, vision and/or intellectual impairments that have at least one of the following 10 eligible impairments – impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, muscle tension and many more.