International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
In 2005 the Office of Disability Issues jointly between DWP published a paper. Department of Health and Department of Education. It was 212 pages long and I listened to every single word – several times.
The title of this paper was: – ‘ By 2025 disabled people in Britain should have full opportunities and choices to improve their quality of life and will be respected and included as equal members of society’.
I never understood whether the ‘dream’ was that all disabled people should be equal within themselves or equal within the non-disabled world. Which ever it was – this was never going to work.
Every one of us could name at least 5 barriers we face every day of our lives. Some many more but let’s not be greedy. Probably the top of every list would be (more…)