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How the 2012 Paralympic Games Affected Public Perceptions of Disability

Published: 2012-10-30 - Updated: 2022-01-20
Author: United Response | Contact: unitedresponse.org.uk

Synopsis: Infographic contains information on how the 2012 Paralympic Games affected public perceptions of disability. The Paralympics are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability compete; this includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games. It is crucial that everyone working in the disability sector does more to explain the reality of disability to the public so all disabled people are given a fair deal in the future, and a chance to succeed in the way the Paralympians showed they can.

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The Paralympics are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with a physical disability compete; this includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

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What the Infographic Reveals

Over the years discrimination against disabled people has become less acceptable, but remains widespread.

The Paralympics provided an opportunity to tackle some of the stigma disabled people face. But did they succeed?

The 2012 Paralympics:

The Sports:

The Paralympics inspired the nation:

We must build on this positive momentum:

The recent British Social Attitudes Report 29 shows there are still some worrying underlying trends facing people with disabilities.

Support for extra spending has fallen:

Extra spending on benefits for disabled people who can not work has fallen by 21% since 1998 and by 10% in the last 3 years.

It is crucial that everyone working in the disability sector does more to explain the reality of disability to the public so all disabled people are given a fair deal in the future, and a chance to succeed in the way the Paralympians showed they can.

United Response works with disabled people, providing tailored support and person-centered care. We assist individuals and empower them to become more confident and independent.

How the 2012 Paralympic Games Affected Public Perceptions of Disability

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