In order to be true to our principles and bring about effective change, we must act in the following ways:
Engage with citizens with all types of and encourage them to participate in every aspect of society, including public life, work, social and leisure activities.
Work to maintain and build bridges, at all political levels, between communities in the United Kingdom so as to increase understanding, awareness, integration and inclusion of all disabled people to actively encourage:
- Effective and positive contributions for the development of a cohesive and moderate society, driven by a commitment to value pluralism, tolerance, social justice, education and lifelong learning.
- Education of the able-bodied about differing needs and abilities.
- Education of businesses about the benefits of working with disabled people.
Support should be structured around the disability and life of individuals, rather than around the boundaries of providers.
For example, special needs children may grow up into special needs adults, but support starts to evaporate at 16 years of age, initially with the pastoral care element and then at 18 years of age with the educational care element. Instead, there should be a seamless transition from special needs schooling into further education and into the workplace.
We support strongly the right of choice and control in the lives of disabled citizens.
Better support is needed to help young disabled
What does being disabled mean?
The definition of disability should be as follows:
A person with disability and/or special needs is one who has a mild to substantial, short-, medium- or long-term condition which adversely affects his or her ability to carry out day-to-day activities, including social activities, and requires one or more of the following:
- Day-to-day and/or periodic care that may or may not require third-party intervention
- Specialist medical, psychological, educational or emotional intervention
- Specialist aids and/or resources
Disability can take the form of physical or mental impairment, but the consequences of disability often depends upon the attitudes and environmental constraints that may be placed in the way of individuals as they seek to play a role in society.
Our policies should provide assistance through facilitating access, independence, choice and self-determination.
Disabled individuals should be encouraged and supported to contribute towards, as well as to become useful members of, society.
This will enhance self esteem, promote dignity, reduce crime and help build an economically productive environment. In turn, these outcomes will reduce health and social care costs.
Perceptions, attitudes and awareness must change. We must eliminate discrimination, wherever we find it, and help to secure the inclusion and participation of disabled people in every aspect of society.
The dignity of every individual must be maintained and protected