UK initial report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: draft

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Great Britain. Office for Disability Issues
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 May 2011
Disabled people, Legislation, Social Policy
Social welfare
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Draft report from the Office for Disability Issues to the United Nations regarding the implementation of the Convention on the rights of disabled persons in Great Britain. This report gives an overview of an evolving position regarding disability equality in the UK. Disabled people and their organisations, and other stakeholders, have been consulted during the report preparation. The report considers that equality for disabled people will be achieved by disabled people themselves and all other parts of society working in partnership with the UK Government. The report recognises the importance of the Convention on the rights of disabled people but states that much work still remains to be done in order to achieve disability equality in Great Britain. The specific strategies aimed towards disability equality underway in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are outlined and the social model of the approach to disability in the UK, which considers that disability is created by barriers in society, is also outlined. The report also outlines the specific pieces of legislation which are in place in Great Britain that seek to reduce disability discrimination. The report addresses each of the articles of the Convention on the rights of disabled people in turn and explains what is being done to meet the requirements of the Convention.

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