Parliament returns this week – but as well as spending much more time in Suffolk over the summer – Therese was also privileged to witness our amazing Paralympians win over 100 medals in Toyko.
She said: "As Secretary of State for disabled people, I proudly waved the Union flag and cheered them on from the stands. Supporting our Paralympians in Japan provided an opportunity for me to hear first-hand of their journeys and also to hear what it's like living in the UK for people with a disability, listening to their thoughts on our new Disability Strategy. Sport builds life skills and therefore improving accessibility in sport will help enable the UK to become a nation of equal opportunity on and off the field."
"That is just one aspect of improving opportunities though and the Government has made over 100 commitments to reform the daily lives of disabled people through our National Disability Strategy, so everyone has the same opportunities to fulfil their potential. While there are commitments based around sport it is also through enhancing access to jobs, transport, education, justice and public services for the long-term, that will enable disabled people to have the same chance of success as anyone else in every path they choose."