Professor Stephen Hawking reflects on Paralympics 2012
10 September 2012 Last updated at 23:40 BST
Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the route of a victory parade through London to cheer Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Competitors were also honoured with a flypast over Buckingham Palace, the day after the end of the 2012 Paralympics.
Newsnight's Stephen Smith spoke to Professor Stephen Hawking, who reflected on how society's attitude to disabilities has changed.