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The Department for Work and Pensions has
announced the setting up of a new Disability Action
Alliance to help respond to the ideas put forward by disabled
people and their organisations on living fulfilling lives.
The new alliance will be convened by the charity
Disability Rights UK and supported by the Office for Disability
It will consider thousands of suggestions put forward by
disabled people as part of the ‘Fulfilling Potential’ discussions
started last year.
Last December the Government invited disabled people to help
shape a new cross-government disability strategy through a
consultation on a document called Fulfilling Potential.
Developed in collaboration with organisations working with people
with disabilities, this set out key principles and areas for
Two documents were published on 17 September 2012 to provide
information on the results of this consultation:
Fulfilling Potential, the Discussions So Far summarises
the issues raised and shows what actions are already being taken
across Government to address some of these.
Fulfilling Potential, Next Steps sets out the vision
and principles; outlines further public sector reforms; and
announces a new disability action alliance, involving organisations
from across the private, public and voluntary and community
The alliance – similar to the Age Action Alliance (link opens in
a new window) created last year - aims to put disabled
people and their organisations at the heart of creating inclusive
local communities and changing attitudes to disability.
Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey said: "The
Paralympics truly captivated the hearts of the nation and have
undoubtedly helped shift attitudes and perceptions towards disabled
people. What we have now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
capitalise on this and to work with disabled people to deliver
"I want to ensure that there is a clear focus in place across
Government and will be working with disabled people and their
organisations on developing the new disability strategy so that
this country remains a world leader in disability equality."
Read more about
Fulfilling Potential (link opens in a new window)
Department for Work and Pensions (link opens in a new window)
Disability Rights UK (link opens in a new window)
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