The Welsh Government launched its Action on Disability: A Right to Independent Living framework this week.
Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, presented the framework at a coffee morning with Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People on Wednesday (18th).
The framework has been created following extensive engagement with disabled people and the organisations who represent them.
Focusing on the work being carried out across the country, it sets out the principles, legal context and commitments which will underpin all of the Government’s work with, and for, disabled people.
The framework’s main aims are to:
- Improve access to help, advice and services for disabled people in Wales
- Promote equality of opportunity
- Enable disabled people to more easily and readily access resources and mainstream services
- Focus on the key issues identified by disabled people and set out what the Welsh Government can do to remove the barriers they face.
Please see link to full press release http://www.disabilitywales.org/action-on-disability-the-right-to-independent-living/
Jane Hutt tweeted: “I’m committed to disabled people fulfilling their potential & living the lives they want to lead; that’s why today I have published ‘Action on Disability: The Right to Independent Living’ – helping remove barriers disabled people face in their daily lives.”
See link to tweet and short video of the launch: https://twitter.com/wgmin_deputy/status/1174592349785198592
Rhian Davies, the Chief Executive of Disability Wales, said:
‘Disabled people comprise 26% of the Welsh population, yet encounter multiple barriers on a daily basis. These include ingrained poverty, lack of access to the local high street and public transport, challenges in obtaining appropriate support in the education system and discrimination in the workplace.
Through the Framework for Action on Disability: the Right to Independent Living, the Welsh Government commits to systematically tackling these barriers and demonstrating leadership across the public sector and among employers in challenging negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes. A more equal Wales requires all citizens to prosper and achieve their full potential.
The success of the Framework will be measured by the extent to which disabled people as a whole enjoy the same rights as others, are treated with respect and play a valued role in contributing to Welsh society.’
To read and download a copy of the Action on Disability: A Right to Independent Living framework please go to web link: https://gov.wales/action-disability-right-independent-living-framework-and-action-plan
There is also an Easy Read version available too.