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Author(s):Siebel, Marissa B.
Subject(s):Kinesiology, Community Health
Abstract:On October 13th, 2013 University of Illinois wheelchair racers Kelsey LeFevour and Raymond Martin crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon. Although Kelsey and Raymond are seasoned wheelchair racers neither won the marathon that day. This image is not one of victory rather an image illustrating accomplishment. Months of strength training in the DRES gym and hundreds of miles pushed on the Champaign-Urbana roads prepared Kelsey and Raymond for the 26.2 miles they faced that day. As a community health doctoral student studying accessibility and how it relates to physical activity among wheelchair users I believe this image captures the power of physical activity. The World Health Organization uses the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model to define a person’s disability. Using multiple factors including a person’s physical body, the activity, and their environment the ICF model provides a definition of disability that is dynamic and conditional. Under the ICF model we do not see disability in this image, only the look of accomplishment on the faces of two racers proud to have completed another marathon.
Issue Date:2014-05
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Marissa B. Siebel
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-13

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