How will the Paralympics continue to inspire people after they’re over? And what changes need to be made to support the Paralympic legacy and improve the lives of disabled children and young people?
That’s exactly what our manifesto, titled ’Generation Inspired?‘, set out to discover!
We surveyed young disabled people to find out what they thought, and used that information to create the manifesto. And we were very excited to have Paralympian Hannah Cockroft (pictured, right) present it at Downing Street with us on 27th February 2013.
We can also reveal that Hannah is now an official patron for us!
You can read the full manifesto and details on the recommendations in our manifesto, or here’s a brief overview:
- We want communities to work together so that schools, disabled sports clubs, parents and young people can share expertise, facilities and opportunities to play.
- We want young disabled people to play an active role in shaping decisions affecting their lives.
- We want employers to offer young disabled people the opportunity to be role models for others by providing accessible work placements and internships.
- We want transport operators to treat young disabled passengers like any other passenger.
- We want disabled people to be more visible in the media, fashion and advertising.
Our report has details of our research and info on the support we’ve received from Paralympians.
Hannah Cockroft Q&A
We managed to sneak in a Q&A with Hannah on the day too, using questions that you asked through twitter! So if you’ve ever wanted to know what Hannah’s pre-race rituals are and what she plans to do once she’s finished competing, you can read our interview here.
Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz says:
‘The London Paralympics shone a spotlight on the talent, skill and ambition of disabled people. However it will be a hugely missed opportunity if we don’t capitalise on the legacy of the Games - and not just to create more access to sport, but to offer greater opportunity for young disabled people across all areas of society.
‘The young wheelchair users we speak to tell us they face invisible and visible barriers every day. It’s essential to keep on challenging these and make an enduring difference.
‘With the findings of our ‘Generation Inspired?’ consultation, Whizz-Kidz will work in partnership with decision makers, sports organisations and corporate and public bodies, to ensure all disabled youngsters can aspire to – and expect – a bright future.’