Disability charities united in admiration for 'inclusive' bid

Georgina Lock

Twenty of the UK's largest disability charities have joined forces to support London's Olympic bid and promote the inclusive nature of the London 2012 team's proposal.

The initiative, led by the British Dyslexia Association, is called Champions of Inclusion and is supported by representatives from London First, the business membership organisation, and the 2012 Disability Team.

Other charities that have signed up to support the campaign include the RNIB, the Royal Association for the Deaf, Diabetes UK, Scope and Leonard Cheshire.

The Champions of Inclusion initiative aims to promote the importance of inclusion in the games - not only for people with physical disabilities, but also for those with communication difficulties or hidden disabilities.

Susan Tresman, chief executive of the British Dyslexia Association, said: "As a diverse set of representatives, we applaud the 2012 bid for being fully inclusive."

By demonstrating widespread support for the integrated bid and by celebrating inclusion at the highest sporting level, the group aims to promote inclusive attitudes across London - from corporate sponsors to those who build for, volunteer at, attend and watch the games.

The 2012 Disability Team said disabled people have been integral to the planning and actively encouraged to contribute to London's bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tresman added: "This has been an opportunity to bring us all together.

I hope that the legacy of the group will continue long after the bid."

KEY POINTS

- 20 disability charities are supporting the London 2012 bid

- The British Dyslexia Association is leading an initiative called Champions of Inclusion that applauds the bid's inclusive nature

- A Champions of Inclusion website has been set up to promote the bid

- The host city for the 2012 games will be announced on 6 July.

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