Access and inclusion
In 1948, Britain hosted the forerunner of the modern Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville. In
2012, London aims to be the most inclusive Games ever, with disabled people involved in all
aspects of the event – from the design of the Park, to the London 2012 Festival and Torch
The Government’s Disability Legacy plan also set a clear aim to use London 2012 to improve
the lives of the 10 million disabled people in the UK by:
- transforming the perception of disabled people in society, particularly their economic contribution to society;
- supporting opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and physical activity; and
- promoting greater participation in the community through the Games.
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.
In this ‘See Britain’ film by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE talks about her experiences as a disabled person in the UK, and comments on how far the country has come in 35 years by providing disabled facilities and improving access.