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NFL player Joe Haden is taking a powerful stand against the “R-word” 

Joe is an NFL cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. Jacob, his younger brother, is Joe’s biggest fan. Jacob also happens to have a cognitive disorder that limits his speech and language capabilities. Via the Special Olympics and activism, the two are inspiring people everywhere — and the story of how Joe saved Jacob’s life is just the beginning.

Chantal Petitclerc (b. 1969) is a Canadian Senator from Quebec, as well as a wheelchair racer. Despite having lost the use of both her legs when she was thirteen, after an accident, she still participated in several competitive sports, such as swimming and racing.

She was won 14 gold medals in the Paralympic Games over the years, and holds several records in wheelchair racing. She was elected as Canadian athlete of the year in 2008. Today she is an independent senator.

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These 4 Paralympic runners would have beaten every Olympic runner in the 1500m final.

Algerian runner Fouad Baka might have been disappointed when he only placed fourth in the Paralympic Games’ T13 1500m final — a race for athletes with visual impairments — on Sunday with an impressive time of 3:49.59.

But had he finished the same race at the Olympic Games in the same amount of time, Baka would have walked away a gold medalist — he would have beaten United States Olympic runner Matthew Centrowitz Jr.’s time by a millisecond.

Of course, that means the three runners who claimed first, second and third place ahead of Baka outdid every 1500m Olympic runner with ease.

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Disabled Kid Problems.

You never got to sleep on the top bunk.
It felt like you were the only kid who didn’t know how to ride a bike.
Or swim.
You weren’t allowed to play on the playground at recess.
Rolladium parties were your worst nightmare.
Including:
Lazer Tag
Paintball
Rockclimbing.
Basically anything physical or athletic.
You never got to join sports/clubs with your friends.
Kids were always wanting to play with your wheelchair/crutches/walker.
Teachers tried to “force” kids to be friends with you.
The worst was when they would make a scene about having to include you.
It felt like you had a Para attached to you 24/7
Being stared at as you got a pass on something because of “disability perks”
Having to take gym even though you just sat on the side the whole time.
Even worse if they forced you to participate. (Disabled kid+Sports is rarely a good thing.)
Especially when it’s them VS every abled kid.
You always felt like you slowed people down or got in the way.
But you hated being left out or feeling alone.
Kids could be assholes.
But then you grew up and realized adults are bigger assholes.

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Watch: Hoy explains the moment he grabs his opponent, everything changes.

GIFs show Lee Hoy an MMA fighter with visual impairment training and fighting. Captions: 1 -Before the fight begins, it’s just an outline, a blurry mess. That’s what vision impairment is. 2 - I got picked on at school. They would say, “How can you fight if you can’t see?” 3 - Even to this day I’ll be thinking, “How can I fight if I can’t see?” Always repeating in my head. Over and over. 4 - Because of the way my eyes are affected, I don’t see everything coming that they throw. 5 - It’s basically just a guess game. 6 - I might get a pattern. 7 - A cold fear goes down your whole spine, but then I realize all of it’s in your head. 8 - Something snaps and I say you know what, no more. 9 - 'How can you fight if you can't see?'
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“No legs, no limits.”

Kanya Sesser is a LA-based athlete and lingerie model who’s way cooler than you. After being born with no legs and abandoned by her parents at the steps of a Buddhist temple, Kanya was adopted and moved from Thailand to the West Coast, where she’s now found success as a model for Volcom and Billabong and Nike. She shreds harder than you can ever hope to shred and slays in a two piece like it’s nothing. You should feel inspired by how badass and confident she is, but good luck trying to be cooler than her.

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Disabled fans: is your football club doing enough to help you watch the game?
We want to hear from disabled football supporters about the ways in which your club is improving or needs to improve accessibility at their stadium
By Guardian readers

Is your club doing enough? The Guardian is looking for disabled European football fans to share stories & opinions

People are saying that disabled people shouldn’t complain about not being able to fully enjoy Pokemon Go by comparing it to physical sports like tennis.

Do they not realize that disabled people can and do play tennis? Disabled people play all kinds of sports. 

Plus, there are video game versions of said sports, so disabled people can experience playing them in one way or another.

Why can’t we ask the same of a video game on our phones? Something that has typically been accessible to us?

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In this intense, fast-growing sport — being visually impaired may be an advantage

It’s called goalball: the sport that levels the playing field for blind and visually impaired athletes. To excel, athletes have to rely on their other senses; the ball contains a bell so they can hear it moving, and the lines on the court are demarcated with tape and string, so players can feel them. And to compete, athletes must undergo a rigorous training process.