Tracking changes in everyday experiences of disability and disability sport within the context of the 2012 London Paralympics / Dr. Daniel Jackson...[et al.]

Jackson, Daniel

Edited by CMC Publishing, Bournemouth University. Bournemouth - 2014

The 2012 Paralympics was the biggest ever, the most accessible and best attended in its 64-year history. The Paralympics and ideas of disability associated with the Games provide significant opportunity for reflection on how far societal opinions, attitudes and behaviour have changed regarding disability. In 2012 - the first ever "legacy games" - an explicit aim of the paralympics was to "transform the perception of disabled people in society", and use sport to contribute to "a better world for all people with a disability". The 2012 Games therefore came with a social agenda : to challenge the current perceptions many people have about disability and disability sport. Within this report - commissioned by the UK's Paralympic broadcaster, Channel 4 - we consider everyday experiences of disability and disability sport within the context of the London 2012 Paralympics and televised coverage of the Games.

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