Paralympics: creating opportunities
To mark the Paralympic year, we are creating opportunities for and from sport for disabled people.
Let's level the playing field
Paralympians are doing amazing things, but many disabled people in the UK are still being denied access to exercise.
Reports from Rio
Freelance journalist and Leonard Cheshire press officer Barney Cullum has been in Rio covering the Paralymics. Here's a selection of the reports he has filed.
11 September 2016
Richard Whitehead, born with no legs beneath his knees, defends his London Paralympic Games gold medal tonight.
10 September 2016
Our Rio correspondent investigates what's happening in Brazil to protect babies who have the Zika virus.
9 September 2016
Libby Clegg was the first member of ParalympicsGB to perform at Rio’s Olympics Stadium yesterday — and today may become Britain’s first athlete to win gold on the track.
8 September 2016
Faith in the appeal of the Paralympic Games was rewarded last night as over 50,000 ticket-holders flocked to fill Brazil’s most famous arena, the Maracana.
7 September 2016
Journalist Barney Cullum is in Rio for the Paralympic Games.
6 September 2016
Rio 2016 will see new stars illuminate the stage. With anticipation growing, Barney Cullum highlights a few to look out for.
Improved mental health through sport and exercise
Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Jordanne Whiley features in this video about the benefits to mental health taking part in sport and exercise can have for disabled people.
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Barriers to sporting activity in the UK
A lack of exercise provision suitable for disabled people was the main barrier for disabled people. Inaccessible facilities and fear of injury were also high among the reasons given.
- Read further details of our research into barriers to sporting activity.
- Download the guide to breaking down barriers to sport for charity staff, local authorities, grant providers and governing bodies.
We spoke to Kadeena Cox and Ryan Raghoo about their preparations and hopes for Rio 2016.
Kadeena has multiple sclerosis and is proud to be a sprint world record holder and member of Paralympics Team GB cycling.
'The status that comes with being an Olympian — or Paralympian, if you prefer — also provides a platform to communicate messages that transcend sport.
'For me, I want to use this platform to fight for equality — equality for disabled people and all minorities.'
World Disability Day at World Snooker Championship
Leonard Cheshire was the official disability charity partner for the World Snooker Championship’s disability day in 2016.
Get into sport
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