DRC launches debate on future of disabled people’s rights

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has launched a national debate on the future of disabled people’s equality in the UK.

Bert Massie, DRC chairman, said that a new agenda to ensure disabled people become equal citizens needed to be developed now, as the DRC would cease to exist in around two years’ time when the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) comes into being.

“We need to feel confident that CEHR and the government have a clear sense of what still needs to be done to improve disabled people’s lives and how they might achieve it,” he added.

The DRC has called on stakeholders to respond to its new discussion paper, Shaping the Future of Equality, to identify the major priorities for a new agenda.

People can take part in the debate in a number of ways, including by SMS text messaging and through a dedicated phone line.

Shaping the Future of Equality is available from www.disabilitydebate.org

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