Wednesday 29 August 2012 21.00 BST
Your coverage of the Paralympics and how they relate to wider disability issues is very welcome (Editorial, 29 August).
There is a danger, however, that celebrating the achievements of élite disabled athletes might reinforce the view that all disabled people can, with willpower, get out, work and achieve.
For a rounded picture it is important to keep three things in mind.
First, an excellent legacy of the Paralympics would be a genuinely accessible transport system and improvements in the social fabric to foster inclusion.
Second, many people with chronic illnesses and disabilities are severely limited by physical and mental symptoms in what they can achieve.
Third, governments that stigmatise people with disabilities as part of a welfare-cutting process have a huge impact on public opinion.
New Labour and the coalition have both done this, damaging the lives of individuals and possibilities for genuine inclusion and tolerance.
Dr Veronica Beechey