Know your Rights, Use your Rights, Live your Rights!
We aim to equip disabled people and their organistions with knowledge and information about disabled people’s rights and how they can use them to promote equality and eliminate discrimination and harassment in their community.
A further aim is to support and empower disabled people at a particularly challenging time when many are likely to face a reduction in financial support and services in the wake of Welfare Reform and cuts in public spending.
The development of this resource is key as well as providing information about legislation, it outlines several case studies whereby disabled people and their organisations have successfully argued their rights under the Equality Act (2010), the Public Sector Equality Duties and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The outcome of this has been to influence the planning and delivery of national or local policies or to challenge decisions which threatened to undermine disabled people’s equality and independence.
Disability Wales recognises how vital it is that disabled people understand their intrinsic human rights and value themselves for who they are. Strengthening disabled people’s perception about themselves is an important means of challenging belief systems that they are powerless especially in the face of institutionalised discrimination and individualised harassment.
Our hope therefore is that this resource will act as a source of inspiration and affirmation of what can be achieved when disabled people act together, fully equipped with the tools for change.
When Disability Wales produced this resource, it decided to concentrate on the rights of Disabled People under various equality laws. These laws are very important and help to make sure that Disabled People can argue for their rights. In a lot of legal cases about the rights of Disabled People however, other laws are used too. These laws are explained elsewhere and are not covered in detail in this resource.