The Paralympic Movement is a global sporting movement for persons with disabilities. The vision of the Paralympic Movement is an inclusive world through Para sport.
Ultimately, the Paralympic Movement believe that Para sport can generate change in three key areas: attitudes, mobility and opportunity. The IPC wants to change attitudes about persons with disabilities, increase mobility and accessibility and ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to education, sport, healthcare and employment.
The IPC firmly believes that Change Starts With Sport, and that the work of the Paralympic Movement is a catalyst for driving social inclusion and advancing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Since 1989, the IPC has been creating change through sport with the Paralympic Games and Paralympians at the core.
The Paralympic Movement must use its influential global position and the growing profile of Para athletes to challenge the stigma attached to disability, empower social transformation and make for a more inclusive society for all.
The Paralympic Movement encompasses all athletes and officials belonging to International Paralympic Committee, such as National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), the Iorganisations for Sports for Persons with Disabilities (IOSDs), the International Federations (IFs), the Regional Organisations (ROs), and any other organisations who agree to be guided by the IPC Constitution and Bylaws. The criteria for belonging to the Paralympic Movement is formal membership or recognition by the IPC.