A socially responsible firm that is strongly committed to the occupational integration of people with disabilities, EDF encourages sport for everyone. Together with the FFH (French Federation for Disabled Sport), we have helped to promote disabled sport for the last 20 years. And this collaboration was extended in 2013 with the signing of a new partnership agreement.
We support the development and media coverage of disabled sport in France. In 2013, we are also sponsoring and supporting the IPC Athletics World Championships, which are taking place in Lyon from 19th to 28th July 2013. We also support all sports events organised by the Federation, particularly the French Championships and campaigns to raise awareness, such as the Games of the Future. Lastly, EDF is the official partner of the French Disabled Sports Teams.
At the same time, we work on a daily basis to facilitate the occupational integration of athletes with disabilities into our Group by enabling them to reconcile their sports career with their working life. In 2013, six athletes with disabilities on Team EDF are EDF employees, including Damien Tokatlian, Emeric Martin and Marie-Amélie Le Fur, holders of multiple Paralympic medals.
As well as our support for the professional integration of top-flight athletes, we use our expertise to design equipment to help them pursue their passion. One of the pieces of disabled sports equipment developed by our R&D team is the Handifix system for fencing. This device attaches to wheelchairs allowing fencers to practice their sport safely. The Handifix system has been used in the last three Olympic Games. EDF also developed Orion, a patented system designed to help blind and visually impaired athletes. This tool converts visual information captured by a camera into audible information transmitted to the visually impaired person through a headset.
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