DRF News, Policy and Legislation

BBC Marks 40 Years since First UK Disability Act

Those of you in the UK may be interested that this week the BBC (especially BBC News) are running a series of features looking at issues facing disabled people. It has been titled Access All Areas and is being done to commemorate 40 years since the first UK Disability Act. The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act, which was passed in 1970 and championed by (Lord) Alf Morris, included ideas such as the right to proper assessment of your needs and the need to make environments accessible to disabled people.

More information on the Act can be found here and an outline of the series can be found here.

An interesting BBC survey commissioned for the ‘Access All Areas’ series can be found here.

This also coincides with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Friday (3rd December 2010).  An overview of what British broadcasters are doing to celebrate this day can be found here.

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