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17 September 2012
In response to the Government publishing its disability strategy, Fulfilling Potential, Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said:
"We wholeheartedly agree that the Paralympics has had an impact on the way people view disability, and that we need to build on the momentum.
"There has been a lot of discussion about the legacy of the Games. We believe that the legacy of the Games should be a Britain where we focus on what disabled people can – rather than can't – do.
"This new cross-government disability strategy is the perfect opportunity for the Government to seize the initiative, and bring the issues that are important to disabled people to prominence within the corridors of power and beyond.
"We hope that the new Minister will champion disabled people and use this strategy to put the day-to-day reality of disabled people's lives at the centre of policy making.
"This is a critical time for disabled people. Disabled people are facing spiralling living costs at the same time as their financial support and local social services are falling away.
"We hope to work with the Minister so that the disability strategy becomes a starting point for the Government to put in place the support disabled people need to achieve their aspirations in all walks of life."