Disability Wales blog post, 20 March 2017: Driving Forward Disability Rights

March has been a busy month at Disability Wales. In partnership with DPOs across the UK we visited Geneva to give evidence to the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People. As soon as we returned we then launches our Wales Report with recommendations to Welsh Government on actions to take to improve how disability rights are addressed in Wales.

Our report formed part of the GB Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People. In order to ensure that progress is made on meeting the human rights of disabled people, Welsh Government should co-ordinate efforts to more effectively integrate the UNCRDP across all decision making and policy development.

The three key messages from Wales:

  • To strengthen the Framework for Action on Independent Living by ensuring greater local accountability for delivering the Framework to enable genuine choice and inclusion in all areas of life, including employment.
  • Ensure that upcoming infrastructure projects are fully inclusive in creating an accessible Wales, from transport to provision of information and services and access to the built environment.
  • To address the barriers in accessing justice by improving provision of advice, advocacy and specialist legal representation.

Download the full and summary reports from the Disability Wales website

The report was launched at the Cross Party Group on Disability on 15 March 2017

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