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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.

Jon Adams goes to Stoke Mandeville for an International Paralympic committee Shooting event

25 October 2010

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black and white line drawing of a neucleus

There is a certain stigma attached to the word ‘gun’. The words say more about others misunderstandings and attitudes - and as a person with a hidden disability we all know what that is like. Shooting is certainly not just about killing anything. – do people put that connotation on archery for example? Its interesting to me that people don’t look below the surface on the skills level – they just assume guns hurt people which like anything (including words) in the...

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Jamie Bedard, reviews Channel 4s ‘Inside Incredible Athletes’ - screened on 29 August 2010

1 October 2010

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photo of two wheelchair basketball players

My initial misgivings over the title, with scary reverberations of the deeply patronising film ‘Inside I’m Dancing’, soon receded as a highly-polished and creative documentary revealed the characters amongst, stories behind and challenges facing British Paralympians as they gear up to the London 2012. The Paralympic movement has come along way since humble beginnings in Stoke Mandeville in 1948, and the programme provided compelling evidence that disabled athletes deserve...

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Kristina Veasey visits Creative Landscapes at the English Heritage Open Day events in Hastings, East Sussex

1 October 2010

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watercolour painting of a fishing hut in Hastings

9-12 September 2010 saw the opening of many of our nation’s treasured museums, houses and places of historical interest in a celebration of our national heritage. On the Sunday afternoon we were headed for the fishing quarter. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the tall, tarred, wooden huts that tower above the shingle beach I must tell you that you are missing a visual treat. The Net Shops are huts built tall to save on space and with the function of providing space for the...

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