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UK: Disabled people continue to miss out on the basics of a full, inclusive life

Posted 14/12-10 at 20.41

Interim results from the first official survey since 1997 of the lives of disabled people shows the they are almost twice as likely as non-disabled people to be unemployed or not be able to afford holiday or repay debts.

The Life Opportunities Survey asked 18,000 people about the "social barriers" they faced in eight key areas of life and found many disabled people in Britain are living socially isolated, cash-strapped lives and struggling to participate in normal activities.

Large numbers of disabled people suffered from so much "anxiety and lack of confidence" that they struggled to survive day by day.

12% of disabled people experienced difficulty "accessing rooms within their home or difficulty getting in or out of their home" compared with 1% of non-disabled people.

Campaigners said that these figures called into question the government's benefits strategy, as the "barriers" to participating in everyday life remained too high for disabled people.

http://www.odi.gov.uk/disability-statistics-and-research/life-opportunities-survey.php

Editorial comment: These official findings come after a series of proposed cuts to disability benefits and harsh reductions in local authority spending on social support. Furthermore, this week the government set out its programme for making DLA more restrictive, with the target of reducing spending by 20% (See http://www.daa.org.uk/index.php?mact=Blogs,cntnt01,showentry,0&cntnt01entryid=313&cntnt01returnid=98).

All this demonstrates that the Prime Minister's ‘Big Society' is unlikely to include most disabled people. Instead we are looking at more poverty, more isolation, more acute stress for families and a sharp fall in living standards. The government's only answer to this, for disabled people and other marginalised groups, is to hope local communities and charities, both also facing losses of income, step into the breach. And so, despite the rhetoric about greater ‘independence' and ‘choice', we are on the road back to the future. In this case the 19th century, when people who experienced hardship were forced to rely on the capricious goodwill of ‘those more fortunate'. In other words, we are looking at a move to ‘Charity not Rights'.

 

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Comment added 15/12-10 at 07.56 by: author (braj2026@rediffmail.com)

U.N.RESOLUTION IS INEFFECTIVE TO PROVIDE EQUAL OPPRTUNITIES TO DIABLED SECTION OF SOCIETY ALL OVER THE WORLD.
ALL THE BELOW MENTION POLICY RELATED LAW CRUSHED DESPITE AWARENESS , THAN WHAT A PWD CAN DO?
i.The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Rules, 1996 ,The National Trust Rules, 2000 ,Rehabilitation Council of India Regulations, Rehabilitation Council of India (Standards of Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals) Regulations, 1998. National Policy for Persons with Disabilities has been announced in February, 2006. The National Policy recognizes that Persons with Disabilities are valuable human resource for the country and seeks to create an environment that provides them equal opportunities, protection of their rights and full participation in society. The focus of the policy is on (a) Prevention of Disabilities and (b) Rehabilitation Measures. The salient features of the National Policy are: Economic Rehabilitation for a dignified life in society. Various Ministries/Departments in Central Government and the State Governments and UT Administrations are implementing the policy, which is a continuous process and ,U.N. RESOLUTION 2008.

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