Digital storytelling by young people with disabilities

What is the project? The motto of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games was Inspire a generation. In fact, it is frequently claimed that a key reason for hosting major sports events is so that young people will be ‘inspired’ by the performances of elite athletes.

I want to talk to young people with disabilities about their attitudes towards and experiences with physical activity, sport and the Paralympic Games.

I am inviting young people (age 11 to 18) to participate in digital storytelling workshops to tell stories about sport, physical activity, disability and impairment.

What are digital stories? Digital stories use the Internet, computers, digital photographs, voice recordings, illustrations and other media to create stories in a digital format. These stories can be posted on websites (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or shared by email. Find examples of digital stories here.

Why create a digital story? There are many reasons to tell stories. Creating a story can be a creative and rewarding way of exploring your own experiences. It can also be a way to engage with others — you can use your story to teach others, to offer someone support, or to just get people thinking differently about a topic. Participating in a digital storytelling workshop is also a way of meeting new people, developing your storytelling skills, and learning to use various technologies to tell effective stories.

Where and when? Schools, community associations, sports groups and individuals in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are asked to contact me directly for more information or to schedule a digital storytelling workshop.

What do you need to participate? A variety of resources will be provided at the workshops including: cameras, voice recorders, computers, and drawing and collaging materials. When you sign up for the workshops, a facilitator will discuss with you other items that you might want to bring along such as photographs or objects that speak to your experience with sport and physical activity.

How will the stories be used? The digital stories created during the workshops will be shared online on a website created for the purpose of the project and on a public YouTube channel. The intent of the project is to share the stories with other young people, parents, educators, coaches, sport administrators and others in order to illustrate how young people with disabilities feel about and experience with sport and physical activity and what impressions they have of the Paralympic Games. These stories will also be exhibited in a number of locations including community centres and sport facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to decide if they want their stories including on the website and in the exhibitions! Participants can decide to publish their stories under their own name or anonymously! (If you have ideas about where we can share these stories please contact Andrea.)


Andrea Bundon +44 (0) 747 402 5117

Dr. Andrea Bundon is a postdoctoral fellow at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University. Her interest in disability sport stems from her experience competing as a guide at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Games. She also manages AthletesFirst (, a blog written by para-athletes and other community members that explores the intersection between sport and disability. More information about Andrea and her work can be found here.

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