International Paralympic Committee @London2012: Review ticketing policy for wheelchair users
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Accessibility Manager London 2012
Mark Todd

International Paralympic Committee @London2012: Review ticketing policy for wheelchair users

    1. Petition by

      Beth Davis-Hofbauer

      Fareham, United Kingdom

UPDATE:  Since this petition started I have been overwhelmed by the massive response and I appreciate every one of you!  Last Wednesday LOCOG sold me 4 tickets allowing my family and I to sit together at the cycling on 30th August.

Although very grateful and appreciative of this, I did not think it fair that although I could now go with my family others could not (based on the correspondence I received from fellow disabled parents) and so I decided to continue with the campaign.

Since Thursday I have been in contact with the Accessibility Manager at LOCOG who has been trying to find a resolution.  Although we are not in agreement on many matters it is obvious to me he is trying to resolve this as best he can in his position.

Although  I have been promised that this is not a policy issue and it has been admitted to me that this is a result of LOCOGs poor training of their staff, I am still aware that there are those people who have held tickets since September and who are still having issues. 

LOCOG have advised me in a letter today that they are now re-briefing staff about disabled seating.  However I would still appeal to LOCOG to state this publicly so that further confusion is abated.


Like millions across the UK, I was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games. I decided I wanted to take family to the Paralympics to sample the once in a lifetime showcase of disabled sport in London.

I am a wheelchair user, with a four-year-old autistic son and a nineteen-month-old baby. Naturally we wanted to sit together and, particularly as it’s the Paralympics, I assumed there would be adequate provision for this to happen. I was stunned to hear that there was no way that this could happen as there is a policy that wheelchair users can only be accompanied by one other person.

I cannot believe that this event, designed to inspire a new generation of athletes, has a discriminatory ticketing policy. It’s essential that my husband sits with me as he helps me with things I need to do and clearly my kids can’t sit separately. Quite apart from these practical considerations, I want to share this special occasion with my family, but I’m being prevented from doing so just because I am in a wheelchair.

Please join my campaign to get the organisers of the Paralympics to change this ticketing policy for these and future Games - so every family may share the Paralympics together.


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    1. Thank You to all of the amazing Supporters!

      Beth   Davis-Hofbauer
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends

      Thank you so much for your support . You have highlighted a really important issue, not just regarding the Paralympic Games, but the way we treat disabled people as a society.

      Over the last two weeks you have stood up & told the world that you are not happy with how disabled families have been treated by LOCOG & although they have not come out publicly & stated that they have heard you, they have.

      As many of you know I & others have now been able to buy tickets that allow us to sit with our families; people who had tickets have now been told they will be able to sit together as a family. LOCOG also contacted me last week to inform me that they were now "re-briefing" staff with regard to disabled seating.

      None of this would have been possible without YOU!

      The time has now come to be thankful for the small things we have achieved together and to close this petition and wave good bye.

      Let's now get behind our amazing Paralympians and support the SUPER HUMANS!

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Miller CHESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      So glad to read above that things have improved and that you were able to sit together. I fear it will be too late for some. LOCOG should publicly apologise for their 'poor training' and find a way to compensate - with something more than just money - the disabled families who were prevented from sitting together or who decided they couldnt go if they couldnt be together. Its such a shame that this has happened as in addition to individual disappointment it leaves a very bad taste and tarnishes a wonderful paralympics.

    • Tori Thompson-bland HASLEMERE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      As a family with a disabled child, we want to share the paralympic experience TOGETHER...not sitting apart, purely because one member of our family uses a wheelchair. The seating arrangements at the paralympics are discriminatory and unfair. Disabled people cannot book tickets online and cannot sit with their families..............they should have the same ticketing arrangements as able bodied spectators. To come across such blatant discrimination at the paralympics is quite unbelievable. Shame on you LOCOG.

      • about 2 years ago

      my son is in a wheelchair, and quiet frankly discrimination should be a thing of the past in the 21st centuary

      • about 2 years ago

      All members of all families should have the same rights, they are the same people inside, what you see shouldn't define you

      • about 2 years ago

      My job relates to supporting people with a broad range of disabilities and so any reasoned chance to go for a bit more equality in the world ticks all my boxes. Go Equality Act! ^^


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