The impact of the Paralympic Games and disability sport upon the lives of people with disabilities and the perceptions of non-disabled society regarding people with disabilities has been immense. Yet examples of this disability sport and Paralympic heritage are all but invisible amongst the wider area of sports heritage. This paper will attempt to outline some of the possible reasons why this might be the case and cite some examples of how this apparent marginalisation of Paralympic heritage might be overcome as we move forward beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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This is an electronic version of an article published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19 (2), pp. 171-185. The International Journal of Heritage Studies is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13527258.2012.681679#.U6Bg00pwZ3x .