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Castle Point MP backs Paralympic Legacy intiative
12:33pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
CASTLE Point MP Rebecca Harris has pledged her support to a new initiative asking disabled people what they expect now the Paralymic Games are over.
Disabled youngsters across the country are being invited to put forward their ideas on they want the legacy of the Paralymic Games to be, as part of a consultation scheme launched by charity Whizz-Kidz.
The results of the survey, entitled Generation Inspired, will then be put forward to bosses charged with delivering the Paralympic Legacy in the form of a manifesto of exactly what things should be made a priority.
Now Mrs Harris has leant her support to the scheme after meeting with the charity at a Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
She said: “It was fantastic to meet Whizz-Kidz and hear about their valuable work providing mobility equipment and opportunities for fun and friendship for young disabled people.
“It is absolutely vital that the views of young disabled people are at the heart of plans for the Paralympic legacy. I am delighted to back the Generation Inspired initiative and encourage my constituents to take part in the consultation to make sure their views are heard.”
Whizz-Kidz, which was set up in 1990, has changed the lives of nearly 16,000 disabled children by helping them gain access to the right mobility equipment - including powered wheelchairs - and delivering wheelchair skills-training, work placements, and other life-skills to help their transition from childhood to adulthood.
However, the charity estimates over 70,000 children and young people are still waiting for the right mobility equipment to fit their young lives.
Jay Portman, Whizz-Kidz Ambassador, said: “Attending the Conservative Conference was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the legacy of the Paralympic Games with lots of MPs – and it’s great that they were so enthusiastic about Generation Inspired.
“The Paralympics showed the potential for changing attitudes to disability across the whole of society. Now we need everyone to play their part in improving accessibility and changing attitudes so that young disabled people like me can fulfil their potential.”
For more information on the Generation Inspired intiative visit http://bit.ly/WKGenInspired