Berwick Constituency Labour Party Disability Forum is determined to campaign for justice and equality for local disabled people
The Forum is concerned that some disabled people may not even know they have rights against discrimination. The legal definition of a disabled person is much wider than many people think it is. For example – depending on how much day to day activities are affected – it includes people with diabetes, asthma, dyslexia, mental health conditions, autism, hearing and sight impairments amongst other conditions.
Labour has pledged to restore dignity to disabled people by removing the discriminatory barriers they face at every turn and promoting opportunities and real choices – scrapping the humiliating and ignorant Capability Assessments and useless Sanctions regime, halting or scrapping the destructive Universal Credit benefit, expanding Access to Work and ensuring that all schools provide real inclusion for disabled children.
The Berwick Labour Disability Forum is aware that local parents are very worried about school exclusions on behaviour grounds. The children involved may be protected by the Equality Act. Access to apprenticeships and employment opportunities is another area where young disabled people are discriminated against. The Forum wants to encourage parents and local disabled people to get proper advice and support to ensure the exclusion and discrimination they face is challenged.
The Berwick Labour Disability Forum holds regular meetings and events open to disabled Labour Party members and their carers. Please join us. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our circulation list.