The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) hosted an Accessibility Workshop in Bonn, Germany, from 2-3 December, to discuss with various stakeholders on how to collectively improve on accessibility and inclusion within the Movement.
The second day (3 December) of the workshop coincided with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and aligned with the IPC’s vision to ‘make for an inclusive world through Para sport.’
Apart from the IPC, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), future Organising Committees - Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028-, industry experts and commercial partners participated.
Paralympic Games Integration Director Thanos Kostopoulos stated: “The Paralympic Games offer a unique opportunity to transform attitudes and drive accessibility initiatives forward.
"To ensure the continued success of the Games and the resulting legacies they bring, the IPC will be hosting a series of targeted workshops to provide stakeholders with a platform to collaborate and share knowledge.
“I want to thank the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community as well for their support in staging this workshop.”
The two-day workshop was the first in the series and focused on emerging treads in the world of accessibility, and how the IPC can harness these advancements to further raising its standards.
IPC Paralympic Games Manager Terrence Teixeira said: “These were two highly-successful days of work where we had very enriching discussions about the role of accessibility and the importance of creating fully inclusive environments.
“Based on those learnings, we will follow up at the IPC by developing tangible outcomes which we are confident will further progress the Paralympic Movement and social inclusion across the world."
Accessibility Expert Ileana Rodriguez added: “The workshop was a great opportunity to reflect on accessibility and inclusion with people who influence the Games at different levels, share ideas and look at the future. It was a very enriching experience for everyone in the room.”