I have recently been reading about the plights of disabled people one year on from the Paralympics. The Paralympics showed to the world that disabled people are people first; with a talent and ability to make things happen in their lives. Sadly the celebrity status of a small number of disabled athletes does not appear to have changed the attitudes towards those with a disability fundamentally.
A poll released this month, said 81% of disabled people had not noticed that attitudes towards them had improved since London 2012, while just over a fifth believed matters had deteriorated. In addition, 84% said they felt the language used in the government debates about benefits and disabled people had caused a negative shift in public attitudes.
This makes the work we do within ubu even more important- we are here as ambassadors to promote the rights of all people with a disability. By merely supporting someone to go about their daily business within their local community every member of ubu is promoting and supporting the rights of disabled people to be equal citizens.
It is sad to think that this time last year we were all talking about the Paralympics and the great achievements being made every day, and this week we see that the Law Commission has published a consultation document looking at whether legislation around hate crime should be extended to cover disability.
Our society still needs to move on and see people for who they are and not their disability.
The consultation closes on Friday 27 September 2013. If you wish to comment on this consultation you can submit a response online via the Law Commission’s response form, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org