Thursday, 30 July 2009

Disability Campaign Part One...

Declarations that I have written for our campaign to be shown to the Baroness upon our visit to the House of Lords (any suggestions are welcome):

Realistic appraisals forming the basis of a strong campaign seeking to improve the livelihood of those affected by a disability. We shall be aiming to receive additional educational support, further anti discrimination legislation particularly in the workplace allowing many to be less financially dependent on benefits. Essentially providing more opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of impairment in post-16 education, training and employment. A recent development such as the Graduate Talent Pool, a new internship programme from the Department for Business is a tremendous start.

However it’s the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cross-Atlantic equivalent of our Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Their state, although admittedly more populated and diverse, is at a far more advance level in co-ordinating resources and communicating with the disabled generations. In order to step up, the UK needs a more responsible approach with perhaps a dedicated unit specifically for the Disabled Students. Especially if the Government wishes to stay in power come the next General Election which is already threatened by findings by Scope; at the Election of 2005, volunteers surveyed over 2,000 polling stations and found that 68 per cent couldn’t be assessed by a disabled person.

For instance, President Obama recently made an announcement that he will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is the kind of precise action that Gordon Brown needs to take in order to separate from the usual welfare issues into human rights.

The Convention doesn't institute or describe new rights by ensures that people with disabilities have existing rights extended and guaranteed. According to the United Nations information given on this treaty, the specifics includes: the right to equality before the law without discrimination; the right to live in the community and education, the right to health and to work whilst participating in a political cultural life. And whilst allegedly the UK have signed and ratified this, there is no evidence of any improvement plans AND as the CSIE state, many interpretive declarations appear and reservations too.

We Demand Improvement. We Deserve Respect.


Tangled threads said...

This is very well written and researched by the looks of. Good luck down in London Mr B

Sue's Blog said...

Yes, wishing you all the best with this.

Sandy said...

Well written indeed. This certainly serves as a declaration, but as a list of aims, I think it needs to be more specific. Well, that's just my opinion(and I am usually wrong.) :)