Countdown to Tokyo: The 2020 Paralympics Start Next Week!

We are less than a week away from the start of the 2020 Paralympic Games, which have been delayed by a year because of the coronavirus. The Paralympics traditionally occur shortly after the Olympics, in the same host city and in the same venues as the Olympics. Athletes from around the world gather to compete in more than 20 sports from archery to triathlons, with badminton and taekwondo making their debuts with this Paralympics. Athletes compete in classes, grouped by the degree of activity limitation, and each sport defines its eligible impairments. Some sports provide opportunities for all athletes, like swimming, others are focused on a specific disability, like goalball for athletes with visual impairments. Learn more about how classifications are decided or scroll through 100 things to learn about the Paralympics.

Did you know there are Paralympians who are part of the NIDILRR community? It’s true! Here are just a few:

Among former members of the NIDILRR grantee community:

Do you have a Paralympian or aspiring Paralympian in your circle of friends, family, or colleagues? Share their stories and tag us @naricinfo on Twitter or Facebook so we can cheer them on!

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