Jo Campion of the NDCS has had a letter published in the Independent newspaper which relates to an Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report to the UN. Here it is:
The Government must do more to protect deaf and disabled people
The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report to the UN about the situation for disabled people in Britain makes for grim reading. The work I do day in, day out, leaves me in no doubt about the troubling reality many disabled people in Britain face.
Seven years of sustained local authority cuts have left thousands of deaf children without specialist support at school. NHS England’s refusal to make audiology services accountable and inspected has meant the quality of care is a postcode lottery. Deaf young people are being denied vital benefits under welfare reforms, not because they don’t need help, but because the application process isn’t even accessible for their disability.
Up and down Britain, there are countless examples of where government must do more to protect deaf and disabled people. I can only hope the UN can exert some influence on this Government to act.
Jo Campion, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society
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