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Crippen and the National Disability Strategy Survey – Part 1

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The launch of The UK Disability Strategy Survey has brought mixed reaction from fellow Crips and our groups and organisations (DPOs).

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It is so obviously created by those faceless bureaucrats who have no real understanding of disability and who hide away in the Cabinet office’s Disability Unit. In fact, the only parts that seem to provide any real opportunity for us to have our say is at the very end of the survey – questions 111 to 113.

If we focus on these last three questions, the Survey actually provides a unique opportunity for us to try and hold the Government to account for the erosion of our rights and living standards over the last decade.  It also provides us with the opportunity to suggest ways that this government can implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Once again, our friends at The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) have come through and have provided some ideas on the sort of issues we should be addressing when answering these three questions.

The issues include addressing matters as diverse as demanding a fully inclusive education system within mainstream settings; tackling disability structural racism, intersectional inequality and discrimination; making Independent Living once again a reality, including creating a legal right to independent living and setting up a National Independent Living Support service; the de-institutionalisation and the closure of residential institutions and hospitals for Disabled children and adults and a radical reform of mental health and mental capacity laws, to name but a few.

You can read ALLFIE’s detailed list of suggested responses to the survey by clicking here.

More information about the UK Disability Strategy Survey, including accessible formats

Complete the UK Disability Survey (before 23 April).

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