The government has released a series of videos showing how three acts of government have changed the lives of disabled people and helped them break down barriers.
#YourStoryYourHistory sees three disabled people explain how the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Equality Act 2010 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 helped to protect them and their rights.
Adi, Becky and Nancy explain how these three Acts have helped them in their lives when they’ve been discriminated against due to their disability. Adi, who has a degenerative condition which affects his vision and lost 95% of his sight from the age of 12, used the Disability Discrimination Act when a prospective employer told him he wouldn’t get as far as he had during the interview process if they had known he was blind.
“People aren’t being mean, they just don’t understand how someone blind can do what they can do,” Adi said.
PosAbility subscribers may be surprised to see Nancy included in the videos, our cover star of issue 45, who explains how she learned what rights she has as a disabled person through the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
“Before I lost my leg I was very sporty. I loved visiting theatres, sports arenas and when I became an amputee I found it incredibly difficult to access those places,” Nancy said.
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement, said: “These incredibly moving Your Story, Our History films from Adi, Becky and Nancy, show just how vital legislation is to improving people’s lives and helping them fight for their rights.”Get your copy of PosAbility Magazine