Equality and Human Right Commision in Relation to Disabled People

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Equality and Human Right Commission in relation to Disabled People

Mariusz Gruszkiewicz

Shrewsbury 2009


1. Introduction 3 2. Aim of this report 4 3. Definitions an legislations 5 4. Disability Right Commission as formal body to help people in their rights 6 4.1 Education, employment and health and social care 7 5. Social community, local authorities and charities relating to disabled people

5.1 Local authorities
5.2 Social community
5.3 Charities 8 6. Summary 9 7. Being disability – Summary 2 10

8. Bibliography 11 9. Appendix 12

1. Introduction
Our image of disability is usually taken from mass media, unless we have personal experience of it. These images used to describe disability people can be more awful, “crippling” for them than their physical or mental condition, and can be obscure and deform than communicate the truth, reality truth. For years disabled people knows what it is like to be ignored on any conversation when they was a third person. “Normal” people speak to each other and refer to the third person only in passing. Only by the table by the meal time someone, sometimes asking about what disabled people need. People with disabilities from years, no longer want to be marginalized by society or to seen as recipients of care. They draw they experiences of the civil rights and started talk about disability pride. They reject the comfort of normality. They are proud when they are and who they are.

2. Aim of this report
The term 'disabled person' covers people with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions - from a visual impairment to arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, depression, Downs Syndrome and diabetes. - there are over 10 million disabled people in Britain; of which, 4.6 million are over State Pension Age and 700,000 are children - disability increases with age: only 10% of adults aged 16-24 are disabled, while one third of people between the age of 50 and retirement age are disabled - by 2020 58% of people over the age of 50 will have a long term health condition (Family Resources Survey 2003-2004). This report, case study wants to, in quick and short version shows, how anty-discrimination legislation in United Kingdom enables disability people to participate in they economic, social and the society life.

3. Definitions and legislations
In UK main legal act for disabled people is Disabled Discrimination Act 1995 and Disabled Discrimination Act 2005
The definitions of „disability” and „disabled” persons labelled in UK show DDA 1995 and DDA 2005. By these Acts – “a person has a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. And “’disabled person’ means a person who has a disability”. DDA 2005 specified, that “mental impairment” as mental illness which must be clinically well-recognized and added “a person who has cancer, HIV infection or multiple sclerosis is to be deemed to have a disability, and hence to be a disabled person”....
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