Statement in response to Paralympic Games funding threat

16 August 2016

In response to the news 50 of the world's poorest countries could be prevented from taking part in the Paralympics, our international director Tiziana Oliva, said:

‘It would be a hammer blow to the Paralympic movement if, as has been reported, as many as 50 of the world’s poorest countries are prevented from participating at the Rio Paralympic Games.

‘Leonard Cheshire Disability runs access to work and education programmes in several of the countries likely to be excluded.

‘It is in these countries where there remains most to do in addressing stigma and enabling disabled children to go to school and disabled adults to get work.

‘The Paralympics Games is one of the greatest adverts, one of the greatest reminders, that disabled people can reach the same heights as everyone else.’

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