POSTED: Tuesday March 28th 2017

LA 2024 reaffirms commitment to "most inclusive Games in history"

LOS ANGELES - LA 2024 Vice Chair and nine-time Paralympian Candace Cable participated in this weekend's Abilities Expo and CicLAvia in LA, raising awareness for accessibility and reaffirming LA 2024’s commitment to delivering the “most inclusive Games in history.” Cable praised LA’s wealth of existing sports facilities for their state-of-the-art accessibility standards, as well as the City of Los Angeles for its pioneering status as one of the most accessible large cities in the world. She also reiterated LA 2024’s commitment to harnessing the City of Angels’ culture of creativity and innovation to promote Paralympic sport in the US and around the globe.

Founded in Los Angeles nearly 40 years ago, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the community of people with an impairment, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals to discover new technologies, solutions and opportunities to enhance day-to-day experiences with work, sport, and myriad other facets of life.

Speaking alongside LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability Steve Simon, Cable addressed thousands at the Abilities Expo, citing the potential sporting and career opportunities the LA 2024 Games could present for the community of people with an impairment. 

Also this weekend, LA 2024 joined CicLAvia, the United States’ largest open streets celebration, to host a “Culver City Meets Venice” event that closed streets to cars, converting them to plazas filled with children, families and Angelenos on their bikes, feet, wheelchairs and strollers.

The 20th CicLAvia event since 2010, “Culver City Meets Venice” focused on ensuring the car-free street festival was accessible to all. All event hubs, where participants enjoyed art, music and food, were ADA compliant, along with key restroom and water fountain locations along the six-mile route. Extra volunteers were stationed in places with steep inclines, and all pets, including service animals, were welcome.

In addition to hundreds of volunteers taking part in the bid committee's Volunteer Service Program, LA 2024 was joined at CicLAvia by young athletes from "Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word", an organization founded by former professional skateboarder Cindy Whitehead dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women and girls to participate and earn recognition in action sports. Also contributing to LA 2024's footprint on the event were artists from the Setting the Pace Foundation (STP L.A.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports the LA community through art projects, who painted a stunning "Follow the Sun" mural at the iconic Venice Beach public art wall.

Speaking from the event, LA 2024 Vice Chair Candace Cable likened the CicLAvia event’s awareness-raising to the unparalleled opportunity that the Paralympic Games present to raise awareness and spur advocacy around accessibility and rights for those with impairments.

LA 2024 Vice Chair and nine-time Paralympian Candace Cable said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Movement have the power to bring our communities together, celebrate our common humanity and promote peace and understanding through sport. More than a million people with an impairment live in Los Angeles, and this weekend’s Abilities Expo and CicLAvia events reminded us that not only are Angelenos already passionate and committed to building a city that serves all of its residents, but that LA is poised to deliver the most inclusive Games in history.

“Further, as the global hub of entertainment and technology, LA is uniquely positioned to raise the profile of Paralympic sport in the US and around the globe. LA 2024 would relish the opportunity to put Angelenos’ creative storytellers at the service of the Paralympic Movement, to introduce adaptive sport to the next generation of fans and athletes.”

Los Angeles is globally recognized as one of the most accessible large cities in the world - the direct result of the legal accessibility standards that govern the City. These standards, among the strongest and most progressive in the world, will apply to the preparation and organization of the Games should LA be elected host city. Federal, state and local accessibility codes apply to a wide range of contexts, including residential and commercial construction, public spaces, all forms of transportation, employment and communication.

LA continues to expand the accessibility of its transport, public safety and infrastructure systems at an unprecedented scale, with many improvements to existing infrastructure and new programs planned for completion before 2024 - meaning all participants and guests at the Olympic and Paralympic Games will find fully accessible accommodation, public transportation and sports facilities. New compliant stations, information kiosks, assistive listening and visual communication aid improvements throughout public thoroughfares are all elements of the City’s major commitment to accessibility for all who use its public transport network.

Finally, LA is currently executing one of the world’s largest accessibility-related public works improvement programs through its Sidewalk Repair Program. By 2024, the program will be well on its way to improving or replacing nearly 11,000 miles of concrete sidewalk, and associated curb and crosswalk curb ramps, assuring compliant paths of travel and adherence to Vision Zero, LA’s incident-free program, with the goal of total pedestrian safety. New streetlights, directional signage and accessible routes to public facilities are additional facets of the City’s commitment to access, which will be in place by Games time.

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