Our Generation Inspired campaign
How did the Paralympics continue to inspire people? And what changes needed 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! After the close of the 2012 Paralympic Games, we polled young disabled people to find out what they thought and used that information to create the manifesto.
You can read the full manifesto and details of the recommendations of our Generation Inspired? campaign, or here’s a brief overview:
- We wanted communities to work together so that schools, disabled sports clubs, parents and young people can share expertise, facilities and opportunities to play.
- We wanted young disabled people to play an active role in shaping decisions affecting their lives.
- We wanted employers to offer young disabled people the opportunity to be role models for others by providing accessible work placements and internships.
- We wanted transport operators to treat young disabled passengers like any other passenger.
- We wanted disabled people to be more visible in the media, fashion and advertising.
Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz said:
'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 is working alongside decision makers, sports organisations and corporate and public bodies, to ensure all disabled youngsters can aspire to — and expect — a bright future.'