Beijing Paralympics Offers More Accessibility
For the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, organizers made improvements to make them more accessible for individuals with disabilities.
“The changes will benefit the Paralympians, officials, and the fans during the games,” said Alan Hubbard, NTI’’s Chief Operating Officer, “and the people with disabilities long after the games.” A nonprofit organization, NTI helps Americans with disabilities and their caregivers find at-home remote jobs with job placement and training services with free registration at www.ntihome.org.
On March 4, Beijing will be the first city to host the Winter Paralympics after previously hosting the summer games.
“I believe that Beijing 2022 will be as important for the Parasport in China as the summer 2008 Paralympics were,” said IPC president Andrew Parsons. “The investment that China is making in winter Para sports and the number of persons with disabilities that they want to reach and be engaged in winter sport is impressive.”
“But this is about more than sport. We want Beijing 2022 to help us to shine more light on the challenges that persons with disabilities face on a day-to-day basis. We believe that the Paralympic Games should be a catalyst for governments and authorities to provide better accessibility for disabled people.”
“We are encouraged by the many practical measures that are being introduced in Beijing and Zhangjiakou which will directly benefit the lives of persons with disabilities. Even more important are the legislative changes which ensure the Games have a legacy.”
The improvements, according to the Paralympics, were made in Beijing, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, wheelchair curling, paralympic village, and in Zhangoakou City, where the ski and snow events will take place. The changes made are guide paths, curb ramps, pedestrian crossings, flyovers, underground passages, bus stops, underground stations, accessible parking lots, entrance ramps, accessible handrails, public information websites, accessible elevators, toilets, and technology.
(A nonprofit organization, NTI has been helping Americans with disabilities and their caregivers find remote jobs for more than 25 years. For more information, register for free job placement and training at www.ntiathome.org.)
“The changes will benefit the Paralympians, officials, and the fans during the games, and the people with disabilities long after the games...”