Hidden Camera Captures Gym-Goers' Reactions to Paralympic Athletes

In September of 2016, 4,350 athletes from 178 countries will travel to Brazil to compete in the first ever Paralympic Games to be held in South America.

In anticipation of this historic event, the Rio Paralympic Games committee released a video captured using a hidden camera that shows three Paralympic athletes training at the gym. At first, fellow gym-goers stare because of the athletes’ various disabilities. But once the athletes get going, people are staring for another reason entirely.

The reality is that to see a Paralympic athlete up close is something very, very surprising,” reads the description on the YouTube video below, according to a google translation.

Watch the video below to see some incredible athletes at work: 

 h/t Reddit 

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Other

You Can Now Get a Disability-Inclusive Paper Doll Set

Clothing company Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) has joined the movement helping to change the face of beauty all across the globe. MJC designs unique and stylish apparel for women and girls, and this year they teamed up with nonprofit Changing the Face of Beauty to help diversify the types of children we see in advertisements and in [...]

To the Special Needs Parents Who Feel Excluded

Dear mamas and papas, This is not an easy thing. The world of special needs is sometimes more than we expected. But you are strong enough for this. You are a rock. In our lives, things are different. Most things, I’ve come to learn — having a second child now — are different. Where I once panicked about what [...]

A Letter to My Son's IEP Team

It has taken me over a month to be able to write this after my son’s last IEP meeting. I have done about 20 drafts. Our next meeting happens today and I am walking on eggshells. Why does it have to be like this? I have no real answer, but here’s a letter I wrote to [...]

Music Video Imagines a World Through the Eyes of Children With Special Needs

This music video imagines what the world looks like through the eyes of children with special needs. The CostaCrew, a family band from New Jersey consisting of sisters Lauren and Nicky Costabile and their cousin Emily Dolan, recently released the music video below for their song “If I Could See Through Your Eyes.” The band has [...]