The Queen has declared the London 2012 Paralympics officially open, during a spectacular opening ceremony last night.

Teams from all 164 countries paraded into the stadium to music mixed and played by three London-based DJs.  More than 2.4 million tickets for events have already been sold, including half a million to overseas visitors.

It took five days to turn the Olympic Village into the Paralympic Village.  The venues have increased their wheelchair capacity by removing and rearranging the existing seating – the stadium will have 568 spaces compared with 394 during the Olympics. Blind spectators will be supplied with audio guides, while those with hearing impairments will be seated with a direct view of large screens so they can follow the action.

The sporting action begins today with events in Archery, Cycling Track, Equestrian, Goalball , Judo , Powerlifting , Shooting , Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.

It will be a truley inspirational sporting event and all at HomeCareDirect are excited to about the next 11 days.