Deloitte and U.S. Paralympics launch interactive classification guide

By U.S. Paralympics | Sept. 22, 2015, 10:36 a.m. (ET)


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With less than a year to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Deloitte and U.S. Paralympics unveiled a new interactive digital guide for classification of current and potential Paralympic athletes. 

The new digital hub of classification is available at USParalympics.org/Classification and presents information on classification specific to each sport. The interactive guide launched with three sports: cycling; swimming; and track and field. Additional sport guides will roll out in the coming months. 

“As a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Paralympic movement and its goals deeply resonate with Deloitte,” said Jon Eisele, partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and USOC lead client service partner. “Working together with U.S. Paralympics in developing this interactive classification tool has been a rewarding endeavor. We believe it will improve the understanding and appreciation of Team USA’s Paralympians and Paralympic hopefuls throughout the United States. Ultimately, the true return will be more participation and engagement in Paralympic sports by para-athletes and fans.” 

“Classification can be a confusing process to many people who are coming to Paralympic sport for the first time,” said Rick Adams chief of Paralympic Sport and NGB Organizational Development. “But Deloitte was able to use its capabilities in synthesizing complex information to deliver a very user-friendly and easy-to-understand resource that will benefit countless number of athletes and coaches.” 

The interactive guide was designed to be inclusive of individuals with a range of impairments and levels of knowledge, with features including classification guides by sport and by impairment; visual representations of physical, visual and intellectual impairments; and a pop-up glossary of terms. The site was also built to be accessible to individuals with visual impairments, including color blindness and poor acuity. 

About U.S. Paralympics
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