Did you know, for example, that the Government's Interpretation of UNCRPD Article 24 - Education, which calls for:
"b) Persons with disabilities can access an inclusive, quality and free primary education and secondary education on an equal basis with others in the communities in which they live;"
is that the UK's system of mainstream and special schools is inclusive so segregation is allowed and that schooling for disabled children is allowable outside of their local communities if more appropriate provision exists. Does that sound like inclusive mainstream education in their local communities to you?
Therefore, I am asking you to forget the law for the time being and just consider what the UK Bill of Rights of Sick and Disabled People should be? We can think about how to frame it in law a long way down the line.
I am not a lawyer. I am not a human rights activist. I do not claim to have expert knowledge of the law. What I am asking you to consider is, similar to the US Bill of Rights, what should the UK Sick and Disabled Persons Bill of Rights look like. To help you I have inserted a link to the UNCRPD with Optional Protocol here but please don't be bound by that.
I have started with some ideas here. Feel free to both add to them & challenge them but also be aware that some, if not many, of these rights DO NOT exist in the UK at the moment. You may think they do, but that reflects Government spin, rather than the actuality of the situation! I have also abbreviated sick and disabled people to just disabled people both for reasons of space and also because I believe it is not a necessary distinction. Please let me know if you disagree.
Disabled Persons Bill of Rights:
- Disabled people have the Right to Full and effective participation and inclusion in a society that does not discriminate against them whilst providing Equality of Opportunity.
- Disabled people shall have the Right to an Inclusive non-segregated education in their local communities.
- Disabled people shall have the right to live in their local communities with the same choices as to how and where to live as others.
- Disabled people have the Right to Work in all types of freely chosen employment with the expectation of any reasonable physical, behavioral, procedural and/or process adjustments as may be necessary to promote employment, career progression and job retention.