Disability & Society, Vol.19, 2004, p.601-611
The article explores how social models of disability can influence the development of organisational policy and practice in mainstream settings. It focuses on the ways in which the author helped countryside rangers to make their facilities more accessible to people with disabilities, and argues that if inclusive politics and practices are to work in reality new, more accessible, ways to explain social model theory to mainstream groups must be found.
Department for Work and Pensions
London: TSO, 2004 (Cm 6255)
The duty to promote equality is designed to tackle "institutional discrimination" against disabled people by imposing a duty on the public sector to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination against, and harassment of, disabled people and to promote equality of opportunity for them. The government also intends to place certain public authorities under "specific duties". These will require authorities to publish a Disability Equality Scheme produced in consultation with disabled people.
The Independent, Oct.1st 2004, p.23
Nearly half of families with disabled children receive no support at all from outside the family and a further 30 per cent receive less than two hours help a week, claims a report published by the Centre for Policy Studies. Four out of five families (80 per cent) said health and social services were "not properly coordinated".
Health Service Journal, Vol.114, Oct. 7th 2004, p.14-15
Three leading charities have formed a consortium aimed at providing disability aids nationwide. They propose creating a holistic service with a universal assessment and a single point of contact for users, and promoting a single national procurement framework for key items of equipment.