15th March 2018

"Leave no one behind" conference at PyeongChang Winter Paralympics

Article from Vicky Hope-Walker

I had the pleasure and privilege of being a keynote speaker at ‘Leave no one behind’, an international conference organised by the Korean Disability Forum on the 8th March and attended by over 400 people. The conference focused on how the Paralympic Games can impact positively on disability rights, and there were speakers from across the globe and South Korean ministerial representation. With the help of our wonderful collection and archive, and input from the British Paralympic Collection I did a presentation about the history of the Games and the social impact of London 2012. I showed how ‘inclusion' was at the heart of the work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann from the very beginning of the Paralympic Movement. Presentations covered areas from independent living through to the arts and sport and I came away with lots of ideas on how we can improve on our work and lots of new global friends. My visit also included attending the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, it was freezing cold but the atmosphere was fantastic and we were all given packs containing bottom warmers, blankets and ponchos, something to add to the collection! I would like to express my sincere thanks to the KDF for such an inspiring event and being such warm and welcoming hosts.

Letter from the Korean Disability Forum

Letter from Korean Disability Forum March 2018