Poll: Paralympics legacy 'mixed'

Only just half of people surveyed think attitudes towards disabled people will change after the Paralympics, according to a survey carried out ComRes for ITV News. But 65% thought negative stereotypes would be reduced as a result.

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David Cameron: 'These Paralympics have gone to a new level'

Prime Minister David Cameron meets ParalympicsGB athletes Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has said unprecedented interest in the Paralympics would be one of the Games' legacies.

Speaking as he met with athletes at Paralympic GB House, he said: "These Paralympics have gone to a new level.

"I think this is an assured piece of legacy.

"When Rio (the host of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games) comes along, I think that (interest) will be much higher than it would have been (before London 2012)."


56% believe discrimination will fall following the Paralympic Games

More than half of the public believe that discrimination will fall following the Paralympic Games.

An exclusive poll by ITV News andComRes, looking into the legacy of the games, found that 56% think there will be change.

Marc Bush from the disability charity SCOPE told ITV News: “Before the Games started, disabled people wanted the Paralympics to really have a lasting effect on people’s attitudes.

"We have seen an unprecedented visbility. We have seen disablity in a papers, on our radio and on TV.

"The disabled people we have spoken to have felt that there is a changing wind. But there is a lot more to do because we need this momentum to continue after the games."

Group will challenge swimming pools and gyms over disabled access

Paralympic athletes in the men's 200m yesterday. A group is calling for more disabled-friendly gyms

A group of young disabled sports fans will launch a nationwide campaign to challenge swimming pools, leisure centres and gyms over access problems.

The 400-strong group of 16 to 30-year-olds also want raise awareness of grassroots sports opportunities.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, called Trailblazers, works on social issues affecting young disabled people.The group are being Backed by the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee and the Wheelchair Football Association.

They will survey hundreds of young people on how the Paralymics has challenged their attitudes to sport.

It will also ask if access to facilities is preventing them from getting involved.

Paralympic poll: 56% think Games are changing attitudes

Joe Townsend at the Paralympics opening ceremony was one of many who captured the positive attitudes Credit: London2012.com

When the Paralympics began, leading voices including David Cameron and Baroness Grey-Thomson said that it would change how we think about disability.

But a survey by ComRes on behalf of ITV News appears to show that only just over half (56%) think it will reduce discrimination.

65% think negative stereotypes will reduce as a result of the Paralympics even though 85% think Paralympians are good role models.


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