What will the legacy be?
There is much talk of the Olympic and Paraympic legacy but what will that be for disabled people world wide? Will the momentum be maintained or will it extinguish like a flame? Tell us your views by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Put 'Paralympic Legacy' in your subject line. We will publish some of the comments on this site.
Probably the key event worldwide where disabled people are at the forefront of the news. We expect there to be positive images of disabled people beamed around the world. If you want to write a Paralypics news story, read the features column on the right.
Closures, cuts and more cuts
It can hardly have escaped your notice that cuts to social care are beginning to take their toll? Personalisation and Personal Budgets were not as a result of cuts but have certainly been affected. The utopia of Choice and Control, with disabled people being able to live a life free of the restrictions they may have faced in the past through 'traditional' services, does not seem to be the experience for many today. Disabled people are telling us that they are facing cuts to their established, and needed, personal care support, with the chance for engaging in a fuller social life, with maximum independence seeming a long distant wish. We'd be interested to know your experiences, whether your Remploy factory is now closing or your Personal Budget is now very limited. Email us at email@example.com and we will publish some of your news.