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Most folks have at least heard about Rio de Janeiro’s famous Carnival. What most have not heard about or experienced in any way is people with visible disabilities taking part in the parades. That is, until Paul Davies got involved.

Paul established a samba school for people with disabilities following his own experience with a hernia in 2006 which left him unable to participate in Rio’s carnival. In 2008, his samba students, all of whom have disabilities ranging from physical disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair to students who are deaf, blind and have Down Syndrome.

This year, Volkswagen backed the students’ entry, allowing them to have a float and costumes for the very first time. What a wonderful celebration! For those who are not familiar with Brazil, there are approximately 30 million adults with disabilities living in the country.