As a sprog, Neroli Fairhall was my first exposure to athletes with disabilities, especially as she competed in the mainstream Olympics.
Some history. Here (in this link below) is a almost all you need to know about the 1974 Paraplegic Games in Dunedin. They took place just before the Commonwealth Games at the end of January. Note that many of the NZ athletes went on to become well known in many spheres including Neroli Fairhall.
There was also an official stamp for the Paraplegic Games as one of the series on the Commonwealth Games
Eve Rimmer's auto/biography "No Grass Between My Toes"...a must read for anyone interested in the early paralympians. Eve 'tells it like it is', especially some of the less glamorous aspects of international flying and disability.