A Wheelchair is not a Handicap

Curricular Links: Language Arts, Arts

The Big Idea

Eugene Reimer’s sporting achievements and tireless contribution to amateur athletics make him a great “inspiration” to athletes everywhere. Eugene has proven that a wheelchair is not a handicap, but rather, an opportunity for athletic achievement. Through Eugene’s inspirational story, this lesson will try to dispel some of the myths surrounding the disabled athlete.


  • learn about Eugene’s career achievements
  • complete a Venn Diagram comparing disabled to able bodied sports
  • engage in a discussion regarding the disabled athlete overcoming barriers