So here come the Paralympics. And that's good.
But look a bit carefully at who's riding the bandwagon. One of their major sponsors is ATOS. Remember the name? The company that has the DWP multi million pound contract for cutting down the number of people able to claim disability benefits. The company that loses over a third of appeals against it's recommendations. The company that Panorama exposed a few weeks ago for it's inhuman treatment of classifying disabled people as 'fit for work' when they were in fact terminally ill and definitely disabled. Whose own medical people described the assessment process as 'toxic'.
ATOS has also provided the IT systems for the Olympics, but for it's disability assessment clients - 'computer says no' is routine.
This is not just negative rhetoric. One local charity I'm involved with, conservatively estimates that 15% to 20% of the learning disabled people it currently supports will lose all their DLA mobility allowance when they are reassessed to go onto Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - £70 a week each - and all of the rest will lose some of their benefits.
Cheer on the athletes. But don't let ATOS get the PR benefit they think they're paying for. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are co-ordinating protest action against ATOS at the Paralympics and they need your support - see them at http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/07/our-atos-games/
If you can't take part in the Paralympics, you can take part in stopping this money grubbing multinational using our Games for their PR.