Achievements celebrated for International Day of Disabled Persons

Double Paralympic medallist from London 2012, David Stone MBE, will be the guest of honour at an event to mark the United Nation’s International Day of Disabled Persons in Leeds later this week.

David will visit Osmondthorpe Resource Centre on Thursday 6 December to talk about his own personal achievements and to celebrate some of the many achievements made by customers of the centre.

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Photographers are invited to attend the start of the event at Osmondthorpe Resource Centre at 10.45am on Thursday, 6 December to take photographs of David Stone MBE, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon (executive member for adult social care services in Leeds) and service users.

To arrange attendance please contact Claire Macklam on 0113 395 1578 or email claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

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Osmondthorpe Resource Centre provides a range of services for people with a physical and/or sensory impairment. It has been helping to rehabilitate people after life-changing accidents or illness for more than 23 years by providing a range of opportunities including education, work skills training, day-to-day independent living skills and emotional support as well as creating employment opportunities.

The event on Thursday will be a celebration of the achievements made on many different levels by the people that use the centre.

Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for adult social care, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, will welcome people to the event at 11am on Thursday. She said:

“International Day of Disabled Persons is the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in Leeds, who are living proof that having a disability need not be a barrier to success.

"As a fantastic illustration of this I'm delighted that David Stone MBE will be joining us to speak about his many achievements. I’m certain that hearing him speak will be a real inspiration to the people there who themselves have many barriers to overcome in their lives.

"People with disabilities have a real role to play in society, and this event is also a great opportunity for them to find out about the support that is available to help them get the very best out of their lives.”

Ian Wallace, manager of the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, said:

“On the back of this year’s Paralympics and the success of our athletes, we thought that a celebration day to promote the achievements, however big or small, of our service users, as part of the International Day of Disabled Persons would be a great idea.

“The Paralympics didn’t just challenge the attitudes and barriers of society, it demolished them and made people aware of what can be achieved. Individuals such as Hannah Cockcroft and David Stone are now household names in their own right.”

For media enquiries, please contact;

Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk