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Race for Equality

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 16 July 2013

Adopted from Russia by her American mother, the young Tatyana McFadden almost died. Sport made her strong, but in High School there was another fight. They wouldn't let her race on the track team. Aged 15, she took them to court, won her case and created a new law. In the first of two Paralympic documentaries for the BBC World Service, Paralympic Swimmer Kate Grey has spent a week with the McFaddens, giving her exclusive insight in to their lives.

Tatyana's sister Hannah, competed alongside her at London 2012 - and their mother Deborah helped write the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since the Paralympics, they've been helping the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon and raising awareness about the Russian ban on US adoption.

Next year, Tatyana will have the opportunity to show the country of her birth what she did with her 'second chance at life' when she competes at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. It means taking up a new sport - cross country skiing - but the McFaddens relish a challenge. Kate hears from the McFaddens on the fights they’ve already won, and the causes they’re prepared to keep fighting for, and asks, post London 2012, what are the challenges still facing people with disabilities every day.

(Picture: Tatyanna (left) and Hannah (right) McFadden at the London 2012 Paralympics, Credit: Getty Images)

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