25 years since the DDA
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
This event will focus on what the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) meant for disabled people at the time, what its legacy is for today, and what we want to focus on for the next 25 years of disability rights.
If the DDA was the crowning achievement of the late-20th century disability movement in the UK, what should the legacy be of the movement in the 2020s and 2030s?
The DDA (and the Equality Act, which is 10 years old this year) have introduced significant standards, such as improving the physical accessibility of many public spaces, and the accessibility of information, as well as outlawing employment discrimination. But despite that, many disabled people report that many supposedly accessible places remain off limits to them, and disabled people have far higher unemployment, and much lower employment rates, than non-disabled people. This brings up questions/topics like:
- What can be done to make the unfulfilled promises of the DDA a reality?
- Is the way we campaigned back then still relevant now?
- Should UN Conventions inform UK laws?
- Do we want to see new rights enshrined in law?
- What would make these laws easier to enforce?
- We want to involve and hear from a wide range of diverse voices.