Did you watch the Paralympics Winter Games this year?

Yes, they are on TV, occurring nearly two weeks after the close of the Olympics. Amazing, considering that it wasn’t until 1984 that the International Paralympics Committee was created and in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea when the first co-organized Paralympics Games were held right after the Olympics.

But what would be even more amazing is if the two events were to occur concurrently. Dr. Robert Steadward, one of the founders of the International Paralympics’ organizing body, believes this should happen, not only to share resources such as housing and transportation but through exposure, to further the inclusion of people with disabilities. After-all, there were more than 10,000 journalists and broadcasters in Vancouver for the Olympics but a dramatically smaller number for the Paralympics.

We have full inclusion in our schools including in post-secondary education. We are working diligently to ensure compliance and full integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of the workforce, workplace and consumer space, so why not at the Olympics?