Meet the Paralympic Superstars: a brand new Touch to See experience

Living Paintings

Meet the Paralympic Superstars: a brand new Touch to See experience

26th March 2024

As we’re gearing up for the Paris 2024 Games, we’re delighted to release a brand new Touch to See experience that will bring the Paralympics to life for blind and visually impaired children.

Paralympic Superstars is a brand new tactile-audio learning resource that gives blind and visually impaired children the opportunity to meet their para-athletic heroes and learn more about diversity in sports.

Featuring a range of tactile images, we’re joined by a host of superstars who guide fingers over the tactile images to help blind and visually impaired children build a picture of their heroes and the sporting action in their minds.

Our audio includes contributions from swimmer Ellie Simmonds, track gold medalist Libby Clegg, wheelchair track athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson, Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers and sports presenter Clare Balding.

As well as guiding users over the tactile images, each contributor has also shared exclusive content – giving insight into their journey into the world of para-sports and celebrating difference and diversity at The Games.

Libby Clegg said:

“It’s such an honour to be included in this unique project. Being visually impaired myself, it was a pleasure to share my story and help other blind and visually impaired young people feel included as we approach the 2024 Paris Games. I truly hope that by being involved I can help these children to know that anything is possible – and perhaps inspire the next generation of Paralympic superstars.”

 

This unique resource is designed to align with Key Stage 2 and 3 learning at school or at home – but can be borrowed by anybody looking to learn more about inclusivity in sports.

Check out the carefully created tactile images which bring the para-superstar’s experiences to life…

 

Let’s see our tactile images in action

 

Wheelchair track Athlete

Libby Clegg MBE Sprinter and Tandem Track Cyclist, Paralympian

Ellie Simmonds Swimmer, GB Paralympian

Dressage Rider and Horse

Ready to see what it takes to be a Paralympic superstar?

If you’re not already a member of Living Paintings free postal library for blind and visually impaired children, you can join here. Joining or borrowing won’t ever cost you a penny.

If you’re already a member you can order Paralympic Superstars here.

And don’t forget to share your experience with us on socials so we can see what inspired you.

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