Legacy runs through the heart of London 2012, and we want the Paralympic Games to leave behind a strong legacy for disabled people.
London 2012 aims to be the most inclusive Games ever, with disabled people involved in every aspect of planning and delivery and unprecedented steps taken to make sure disabled people can enjoy the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic Games present a unique operational challenge, and as soon as the Olympic Games finished LOCOG, the Government, the Mayor of London and the transport and security services all began working to get the country ready.
This year, the Paralympics returns to the country where it first began with more athletes and nations taking part than ever before.
The UK has a proud Paralympic history, staging the first ever elite sporting competition for athletes with impairments at Stoke Mandeville in 1948.
The London 2012 Paralympic sailing events will be held in Weymouth and Portland at the National Sailing Academy from 1 to 6 September.
From major programmes to improve the accessibility of UK transport to ground-breaking media and corporate support for Paralympic sport, the foundations are being laid for a strong legacy for disabled people. Read about these projects and improvements in this section.
The London 2012 Games is committed to being the most accessible Games held to date.
6 per cent of ODA staff are disabled, with a job brokerage programme helping to open up opportunities for disabled people. 65 London underground stations will be upgraded to have step-free access in time for the Games. 240 wheelchair accessible flats and townhouses will be created in the Olympic Village in legacy. 150 hours of Paralympic coverage promised by Channel [...]
In 2005, the London bid team pledged to create an extraordinary legacy for East London and the rest of the UK. Over the last seven years, the government, Games organisers and partners have fulfilled that promise. Read about how London 2012 has created and delivered a lasting legacy for the country.