IPC's accessibility guide will look to create further inclusivity for Para-athletes ©Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its accessibility guide to help support host nations in staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the future, in a bid for further inclusion.

Now available on the IPC's website, it is designed to assist Organising Committees and city authorities in planning for their Games.

This publication includes supporting information, guidelines, recommendations and construction building codes to consider as part of their organisation.

Examples of accessibility from previous Games will also be part of these documents.

The document has also been created for a wider audience to assist similar organisers in other sporting competitions across the globe in creating a more inclusive environment.

IPC's guidelines cover areas such as accommodation and transportation ©Getty Images
IPC's guidelines cover areas such as accommodation and transportation ©Getty Images

It will cover topics such as accommodation, transportation, venue layout, access to information and services, as well as best practices for disability and awareness training.

The document was created following an accessibility workshop held in December 2019 in Bonn in Germany at the IPC headquarters.

With support from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community the workshop gave the IPC a chance to validate the content of the guide with its stakeholders.

Representatives from the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, industry experts and commercial partners attended and provided feedback for the document.

IPC's director of Paralympic Games Integration, Thanos Kostopoulos, thanked consultants who collaborated on the guide with these being Mark Todd, Apostolos Rigas, Sally Swanson and iDesign Access.