Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor for London explains why it’s not just the capital’s Deaf and disabled communities that will benefit…
Creating a London that’s accessible to all is a key part of the Mayor’s vision to open up the opportunities the city has to offer to all who live here.
At City Hall we’re working hard to implement his plans to create a fairer London. A key part of this is making the capital accessible so that deaf and disabled Londoners can make the most of what this city has to offer.
Using guidance in the new London Plan, we will ensure that housing developments, public places and sports facilities in the city are accessible and open to all.
The standards adopted for the Olympic site are setting the benchmark for major sports venues too. These new standards will be used at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, while FIFA is considering the guidelines for future international football stadia.
With less than a year to go before the London 2012 Games, it is heartening to see the capital becoming a leader on the world stage.
Indeed, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to be the most inclusive and accessible ever staged.
We’ve also invested £4m in making the Southbank Riverside Walk, one of London’s largest pedestrianised areas, as accessible as possible.
Visitors with access requirements will also benefit from our Inclusive London website, which has already had over 4 million visits in less than six months.
The key part of London 2012, and the reason the capital won the bid, is the great legacy the Games will leave this great city. And with the eyes of the world due upon us in 2012, this can only be for the benefit of everyone.
Come and find out what the Mayor is doing for deaf and disabled Londoners at our free Disability Capital Conference at London’s ExCeL Centre on 20 October 2011.