Hundreds of thousands of people are about to descend upon Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A country that has reported tens of thousands of potential cases of Zika virus in the past 18 months and where local transmission is still very much on-going. The impact the virus can have on unborn babies has raised concerns with athletes and supporters.
As much as I am so happy to see disabled people portrayed in such a positive and innovative light (aka just like everyone else, doing the things that anyone would do...shock horror...) my heart also sunk.
With the Rio 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony less than 100 days away, the Games will put disability in the spotlight. But do the Paralympics have the power to make a lasting change in attitudes to disabled people? Our research shows that the majority of disabled people in Britain are treated differently because they're disabled.
For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?
Target: RIO 2016 Paralympic Games IsosHealth speaks with Paralympic and World Championship swimmer Matt Levy Matt is a true inspiration. His loss ...
The man behind the project, musician and videographer Ivan Riches, planned the project to showcase the technology to it's very best, and I feel he has succeeded far beyond his wildest dreams.
We definitely need more disabled people in adverts, on TV and in movies. But hey, it's a start. Scope research says some 90% of disabled people believe that having more disabled people in the media would improve attitudes to disability. For me, the Paralympics changed everything. Disability in Australia was seen quite differently after the 2000 Paralympics and I think a similar thing happened here in the UK. I think the games made disability not only okay, but wonderful. But unfortunately in Britain there's a real stigma attached to benefits and I think somehow that has become associated with disability.
As a former Chair of the UN Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace I wonder what, if anything, has sport contributed to the progress of the human and social MDGs? And how is that momentum continuing?
My horse Szekit and I recently had our first competition for the National Summer Dressage Qualifiers, and the fact that the date of the competition was Friday the 13th did set off a few alarm bells in my head. Nevertheless putting superstition aside and with entry fees paid, my final preparations began.
Today, we mark the International Day of Disability, a UN initiative to "increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability."
When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.
What people might not realise, as I didn't, is housing's direct effect on mental and physical wellbeing. Without a fixed address, no surgeon would consent to perform the operations I desperately needed to move forward. Where could I have gone afterwards to mend? My doctors weren't convinced the sofa of a friend was an appropriate place to get better. And nor were my friends.
Many people say every day is a cycle to work day, so use Cyclescheme to help get yourself up and running and start tomorrow! Once you get your two wheels you won't want to go back.
I was lucky enough to visit Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford for National Paralympic Day 2014. A celebration of all things Paralympic, this annual festival saw the stars of London 2012 returning to the stadiums to compete once again, and in the case of the races in the London Aquatics Centre, take part in the first international swimming competition that the centre has seen since London 2012.
While we will be inspired by what they achieve on the field of play, the NHS should also take inspiration from the process, structures and services that helped get them there... Because while our health service is world class when it comes to saving lives, too often what comes next fails to live up to that standard.
With sell-out crowds, a smooth operation and the absence of any notable hiccup, organisers deserve applause for delivering a near flawless spectacle... No sooner had the closing ceremony started that it became clear Glasgow had breathed new life into what was considered an ailing event.