The London 2012 Paralympic Games shone a light on the abilities and achievements of disabled people in an unprecedented way, raising the profile of disabled people and shifting attitudes.
The government and the Mayor of London are committed to developing and delivering a legacy that builds upon the impetus that 2012 provided.
Paralympic themes run throughout the different areas of legacy, but in addition:
- the Office for Disability Issues is working to build on the positive impact the Games had on perceptions of disabled people, including through its work on the cross-government Fulfilling Potential strategy and action plan, and role models campaign
- Sport England is working to ensure the number of disabled people participating in sport continues to increase, and has established the Inclusive Sports Fund to boost disability sports projects
- UK Sport has increased funding for Paralympics GB through to Rio 2016
- transport operators are working to improve accessibility on the transport system
In December 2012 we set up a dedicated Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group. This advisory group is made up of representatives from leading disability charities, Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPLUOs), Paralympians and business. It aims to:
- provide a voice for organisations not currently represented on other legacy committees
- bring the Paralympic-associated legacy elements of the programme together
- assist the government and Greater London Authority (GLA) in implementing the Paralympic legacy programme
- provide a forum through which to engage external organisations, and to seek their advice and support
- make sure that opportunities are taken in London and across the UK
The Built Environment Professional Education Project
On 3 December 2013 the Built Environment Professional Education Project (BEPE) was launched. Inspired by the Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group, this project aims to make inclusive design a key part of education and training for all built environment professionals.
Inclusive design is a process that ensures that all buildings, places and spaces can be easily and comfortably accessed and used by everyone.
A BEPE Project Board oversees the project. It is chaired by Paul Morrell (the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser from November 2009 to November 2012) and the 8 board members are high level senior figures drawn from the built environment professions. 10 built environment professional institutions have now committed to working on the project.