“We need to make every single thing accessible to every single disabled person” – Stevie Wonder
UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event creating a forum to focus on the history of disabled people’s struggle for equality and human rights. It has been in place since 2010 and is in it’s 11th year. The focus this year is on access and asking the questions ‘How far have we come? How far have we to go?’
Access is a fundamental right for disabled people, as is gaining participation equally with others, regardless of disability.
However more still needs to be done.
There has been progress, even though the UK legislation is seen as weak. However disabled people still feel it is left to them and their families to enforce it. Disabled people are always playing ‘catch up’, having to ask for reasonable adjustments and support to access a system not designed to include them.
Independent Advocacy can support people to fight for their rights. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with disabled people across the West Midlands challenging individuals and organisations to recognise disabled peoples ability and rights.
If you are disabled and need the support of an independent advocate so that your voice is heard you can refer yourself by follow this link.