A World Cup That’s Accessible to All

Cooperating together, the Swiss National Association for the Blind and the South African National Council for the Blind have teamed up with FIFA to make the World Cup games more accessible than ever.

Believing that soccer is a universal sport that should be accessible to everyone, FIFA president Joseph Blatter is excited that they will be able to offer a unique live experience for blind and visually impaired fans attending the games in South Africa.  15 seats in 6 different stadiums will be reserved for the blind and visually impaired.  Each will be outfitted with a set of headphones and specially-trained commentators will cover every pass, shot, and goal of the games.  Each of those 15 seats will also have a reserved spot for guides as well.  Trained volunteers will also be on hand to provide assistance if it is needed.

By offering this experience to blind and visually impaired soccer fans at such a large venue like the World Cup, hopefully other professional sports will recognize its value and incorporate these services in their stadiums as well.  That way, no matter what, everyone can enjoy the games that bring us together.

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