Barnsley Central MP, Dan Jarvis pledged his support at the recent Labour Party Conference for an initiative launched by charity Whizz-Kidz, to gather young disabled peoples’ hopes for the legacy of the Paralympics.
The findings from the ‘Generation Inspired?’ consultation will help ensure that those charged with delivering the Paralympic legacy are fully informed about what young disabled people want – and expect – following the Games.
Jarvis met 22 year old wheelchair-user and Whizz-Kidz Ambassador, Chris Tickle, at the Manchester Conference. Chris said:
“Attending Labour Conference was a great opportunity to discuss the legacy of the Games with lots of MPs – and it was brilliant to get their support for 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.”
“Whizz-Kidz undertake extremely valuable work which helps to provide mobility equipment, self-confidence and social opportunities 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 and that the Government are ready and willing to listen to them. I am delighted to back the Generation Inspired initiative and encourage people from Barnsley Central to take part in the consultation to make sure their views are heard.”