The summer Paralympics competition takes place for the first time in France.
It will start on August 28, 2024 and will end on September 8.
For several reasons this event is an opportunity to be a model of inclusiveness for all those who will participate in these Games, but also for the marks they will leave. In order not to reproduce the same errors of the other editions, the Organizing Committee has insisted since its candidacy on the importance attributed to notions of heritage. This event should allow us to change our perspective in terms of inclusion and accessibility.
These social advances have already begun, both in the accessibility of public transport and in access to sport for people with disabilities.
A day will be dedicated for the first time to raise awareness of parasports October 8, 2022 in Paris. Looking forward to seeing more than 4,000 para-athletes compete in 23 disciplines in 2024. More than 3 million tickets will be on sale, a record for the Paralympic Games. Check out the official program of the races by session now.
One of the main challenges for the organization is to ensure the best reception conditions for all the public, including people with disabilities. While the question of accessibility is central, it intersects with several challenges that Paris 2024 and its partners face.
- The question of public transport
Line 14 is the only one that will be 100% accessible for the Games. Extension works are underway to Saint-Denis-Pleyel in the north and Orly airport in the south. However, the entire intra-Parisian bus network is accessible to people with reduced mobility. The same will happen by 2024 for cities in the inner suburbs and over 500 lines in the outer suburbs, and also for 13 tram lines across the region.
On the train side, several stations are being built to make them accessible and allow all the handicapped and who do not reside in the capital to be able to move. The RER lines are already accessible. It remains, upstream, to evaluate the number of users, which will be more consistent than usual.
- Use alternative mobility solutions
One of the solutions, in addition to public transport, should be the shuttles that will be made available to spectators near the stations to serve some more distant competition venues, such as horse riding (Château de Versailles) or canoeing and rowing (Vaires- sur-Marne). For those accredited – athletes, staff, media … – if at the end of July a call was issued to determine the type of transport, it should be adapted and accessible vehicles (buses, coaches).
The lanes will be reserved on the motorways and other measures are being defined with the road managers to ensure the easiest possible access to the training and competition areas.
The government has already put it in place financial aid for the purchase or rental of adapted vehicles for taxi operators. The goal is to increase the number of Parisian taxis equipped with access ramps, useful for the transport of sometimes very heavy electric wheelchairs, by the start of the Paralympic Games of 2024.
- Accessibility of the competition sites
The competition and training venues, as well as the Athletes’ Village, are the subject of specific reflection on the topic universal accessibility. More than sixty structures are affected by these development interventions: from a gymnasium in Seine-Saint-Denis to the renovation of the Stade de France. The Athletes’ Village, with in particular the inclusive multisensory signage, is its main emblem.
“This question of universal accessibility is crucial in the transformation of our way of making the city, of constructing the buildings and public spaces of tomorrow”accurate Antoine du SoichSOLIDEO Strategy and Innovation Director. “We want to use the Paralympic Games to promote the social and social consideration of disability issues. “ And also leave a methodological legacy that can be duplicated for other projects.
- Assist in the development of para-sport within the clubs
the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF), in collaboration with Handisport Federation (FFH) and Adapted Sport (FFSA), has implemented a para-reception training program. The goal is to allow each voluntary company, Paralympic and non-Paralympic, to be accompanied in a better understanding of the handicap and in the management of its equipment, according to the disciplines.
This training, as well as the Paris 2024 Endowment Fund – which aims to support projects of general interest using sport in particular as a means of inclusion – should enable the multiplication of parasports sections on the territory. Recall that, according to a 2018 study on sports handicap, 48% of people with disabilities do not practice physical activity and sport.
The Paris 2024 Games are a demonstration of the power of sport to contribute to change, to evolve.
- Promote inclusion in the city
Source: Paris 2024: for Inclusive and Accessible Games – City of Paris
The City of Paris and the International Paralympic Committee have launched a project for 100% accessible neighborhoods in the heart of Paris. They are 17 quarters worried about this plan, dispersed in the different arrondissements of Paris. This particular development will allow everyone to access daily services (housing, shops, sports, schools, health, culture) in an adapted public space.
A interactive map it must also be used to determine which facilities are accessible to people with disabilities who wish to visit these neighborhoods. Precise signage and wider sidewalks will be part of these developments. City officials will also be trained to carry out these changes.
At the same time, Paris intends to further stimulate the ecosystem around disability. Paris & Cothe Agency for Economic Development and Innovation of the City and Metropolis, launched in 2019 an accelerator of innovative projects aimed at making life easier for people with disabilities.
Another example located in Pantin: the Cité Universelle.
JOPs are an opportunity to accelerate the transition of Paris neighborhoods, to reinvent Paris in terms of accessibility.
Rediscover the Find Your Parasport platform, to promote the practice of parasports.