The Paralympics: From Manchester to Rio – Mark Todd

“Progression of Inclusive Design & Accessibility:  |
From Manchester to Rio Via London & Sochi”
A talk by  Mark Todd,   Nov 3rd 2016

Mark Todd has had  over 30 years experience in the field of disabled people’s access. Having played a key role in the disability movement, Mark became the first Access Officer at Manchester City Council overseeing the City Council access programme. and played a key copy in the 1988 campaign to make “Manchester – the Access City” – see the video at

This important contribution to the regeneration of the City was recognised in 1995 when he received The Mancunian of the Year Award from civic leaders.

Mark Todd

In 2001 he launched his own consultancy access all areas” and now specialises in Sporting Mega Events for clients such as the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He is currently working for the Tokyo Paralympics organising committee for the games planned for 2020



Mark giving his talk at Chorlton Good Neighbours history group on Nov 3rd 2016.

It was a really excellent talk about access and other facilities for disabled people had improved since his first involvement in planning for the Paralympics and other big sporting events. The crowning glory to date were the 2012 London Paralympics, whilst there were big improvements at Sochi and Rio, but not to the extent of Londonmark-todd-audience

Members of the audiencehistory-01

Next step Tokyo!