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Accentuate is the 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East. Accentuate consists of 15 ambitious projects which represent the arts, film, tourism, business, sport and heritage. The aim is to promote the talent of deaf and disabled people in whatever area they work in. This blog is from Our View - a group of talented deaf and disabled people who act as an internal steering group as well as have direct relationships with the individual projects. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities, which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has also invested significant financial support in Accentuate, as have the regional cultural agencies.

Kristina Veasey plays Wheels of Glory at the launch of Gaming! at Pinewood Studios

15 August 2010


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On 13th July I was invited to the launch of Wheels Of Glory, a new computer game based around the Paralympics. Before attending, I knew very little about how this project had progressed and was curious to see what had been created, how and by whom. The launch was held at the Pinewood Studios and involved a chance to meet those involved and to play the game itself. Gaming! is an Accentuate project run in partnership with Creative Junction that aims to engage young people in the production of a...

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Sarah Playforth goes to Stoke Mandeville for a Playground to Podium event.

8 August 2010


On the last Saturday in July, I spent six hours on trains travelling to and from Stoke Mandeville stadium to observe the Playground to Podium event. I had a programme but had no real idea what I'd discover. I was welcomed by Jess Cook, who was an interesting, informative and inspiring escort. She took me to observe several different groups of disabled children trying out athletic track and field events, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, swimming etc. I found the approach to disability in...

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