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Convention: UK committee inquiry into independent living as set out in CRPD

Posted 15/2-11 at 23.33

The UK Parliament's Joint Committee of Human Rights is conductingan inquiry into the implementation of the right to independent living for disabled people, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the CRPD.

The Committee invites interested persons and groups to submit evidence on this issue and would welcome written submissions by Friday 29th April 2011.

The Committee particularly welcomes submissions from disabled people and their families about independent living and how government policies, practices and legislation or the activities of public authorities and others can implement the right to independent living in practice.

For background information and the consultation questions: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/human-rights-committee/news/right-of-disabled-people-to-independent-living-call-for-evidence/



Comment added 22/2-11 at 15.45 by: author (memphasis@btinternet.com)

Biographical and career notes
An uneventful boy-hood and some Academic achievements saw me through tertiary education, which I completed in 1972. The occurrence of diagnosable symptoms appeared in what came to be my final year, but my course work merited the award of a BA Honours in Combined Humanities (aegrotat)
I was 21 years old.

The slur cast by the nature of my diagnosis ensured that there were no opportunities to sit for any professional qualifications, so my vocation of Librarian remained on hold to this day. Five years passed without Library employment in any capacity, five years punctuated with a break-down, four months’ hospitalisation and continuing treatment for schizophrenia, until Employment resettlement pointed me in the direction of a Library Supplier sweat-shop in Nottingham, where I remained full-time for fifteen years. At no stage did the financial rewards for this engagement creep up above my entitlements as a disabled person!

I have never considered myself to be a drudge, so after being harassed and pushed about by ‘thatcherite insurgents’ in the 1990s, I agreed with the firm’s doctor that I had had a ‘run for my money’ and it was time to abandon ship.

My Liberation was palpable and it is something I can never regret. Creativity had returned after a dormancy of some 21 years. I returned to writing and belatedly, to an interest I had shared with my Father in my teen-age years, Photography.

Progressive thinking from Nottingham Healthcare has ensured my survival and provided occupational fulfilment via continuing care arrangements which have sustained me thus far. For many, schizophrenia is a life-sentence but the redeeming quality of any predicament is that some good can come out of it . I am indebted to the many well-wishers and the encouragement I have received from employees of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, firstly for convincing me I have a present and a future and for now, for investing in that future.

My story is here to illustrate how mis-guided and off-beam is the single-minded drive to compel disabled people into an insensitive employment rat-race and make no contingency for the extreme likelihood that employment is just the start of people's problems and exacerbates a situation which is better recognized by acknowledging that through the disability of incurable illness, employment is not for everyone and adequate provision needs to be in place to support disabled people. Independent living must be adequately resourced and not Cut, which is the thinking which prevails in Government circles today.

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