Paralympics expected to help promote understanding of disabilities: survey


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just getting a ramp or two built in this 1960s city would be a start!

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Raise awareness? For as long as the Olympics run, then watch and see how this goes to the non-existent back burner once again!

I can not count just how many times there have been articles like this, about "raising awareness" that ended up being nothing more than talk!

Want things to change? EDUCATE the children first! They will lead the way, but, you have to get the teachers to believe it first!

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How about having the Paralympics before the Olympics? Why is it an after-thought to the Olympics? If you change the priorities and mind set isn't that a start? Also, I haven't seen the stats, but how many disabled are there in Japan that aren't gainfully employed because of their disability? I'm sure Japan is losing a lot of potential in the work force.

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could have started with any kind of anti-discrimination laws between 2013 and now but I guess not

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How about making sidewalks that are free from cambers?

It is impossible to walk to my local station on flat ground!

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Earlier articles this year on barrier-free support for the 2020 games stated that some hotels and other venues were planning to remove them after the Olympics! So much for understanding of disabilities and improving life.

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As someone wisely stated how about starting to modernize some infrastructures and add more disable friendly services.

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In the survey, 62 percent reacted positively to the sports event,

I'm not disabled and see many issues with the games, but it's good to see that at least a majority of the disabled themselves "reacted positively" to them. Their opinion is more important than mine.

The regular Olympics is very elitist, with the majority of competitors being rich. A huge chunk of Great Britain's team went to private school. Given the extra needs for disabled sports, I suspect their competitors may be even more elitist when seen against the whole disabled population. Some struggle to pay for a regular wheelchair, never mind a high speed one for doing marathons.

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Central Tokyo is sort of okay, but elsewhere, would be I'd imagine, be more, challenging.

The only way to get change, is to embarrass the J-Govt by Travelling around the Country and highlighting the Pro's and Con's that you find.

In Central Tokyo, the confusing signs for disabled access to subways is a good starter - a simple "O" for roll on/off/up/down route would be a good start. But I've encountered some places where the disabled route ends with a stairway... Families with Baby chairs would need an "O" route too, so you'd think, especially with Japan's declining population, something like that would be encouraging to make some things easier... but ... no...

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