The relaxed rules allow Brisbane to bid to host the Olympics at a much lower cost than previous host cities have had to bear. But who really benefits?
The human rights of disabled people around the globe can be accessed as an online map for sports and competition.
The Australian Paralympic Federation took a new approach for the training, preparation and selection of its athletes for the Sydney Games, helping Australia win the most gold and overall medals.
For athletes, COVID-19 means more than cancelled competitions. Having their athletic goals put on hold and their training routines disrupted can take a toll on athletes' mental health.
As the new coronavirus has spread around the world, sporting matches and events have been staged behind closed doors, postponed and increasingly cancelled outright.
The White House proposed these cuts for three years in a row. That clashes with longstanding bipartisan leadership regarding rights for all people with disabilities.
The Olympics have been plagued by doping, corruption and political problems. But academic and former Olympian Bruce Kidd says the Olympic Games are still an important humanitarian movement.
One way to get beyond gender barriers in sport would be to scrap sex segregation and replace it with a system similar to that of Paralympic disciplines.
Paralympic sport is meant to be inclusive and fair but athletes don't face a level playing field. Those from higher income countries can compete more easily.
The success of para-athletes at the Paralympics is helping to change perceptions of those with disabilities.
There are significant challenges in making old cities like Rio more accessible, and there are missed opportunities around the Paralympics, but it's not all bad news.
Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete's ability come to the fore.
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At one point, it looked like the games could be cancelled. But the carnival spirit has prevailed.
From a single volunteer with 8mm film to live broadcast on a commercial TV network, the media coverage of the Paralympic Games has come a long way since its inception.
Richard Nicholson has experienced first hand the evolution of the Paralympics, and with it, the shift in perception of disabilities and para-athletes.
The classification system is what keeps the Paralympics fair. Although it's not perfect, it's the best system we have, and it's continually being improved.
The Paralympic Games started off as a way to motivate and rehabilitate returned servicemen and women after the second world war, and has evolved tremendously since then.
With so many athletes with different abilities and disabilities, the first challenge is to make sure there is fair play at the paralympics.
Results from the games can tell us a lot about how different nations approach elite women and disabled athletes.