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The National Strategy for Disabled People

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The Prime Minister committed to delivering an ambitious National Strategy for Disabled People. This will transform British Society by improving opportunities and outcomes for disabled people. 

It will be built on:

  • improved data and evidence
  • engagement with disabled people
  • insight from lived experiences

A key focus for us will be on practical action that will make a tangible difference to disabled people’s day-to-day lives.

Where is the strategy at?

Our early discussions with disability stakeholders highlighted a number of major themes that sit across departmental responsibilities:

  • housing and the wider built environment
  • transport
  • the justice system
  • the ability to live independently
  • accessible products and services (including assistive technology)
  • perceptions of disabled people

This is not a complete list. We are continuing to listen to stakeholders to find the right areas to build a strategy that makes a real difference to the lives of disabled people.

What is the government doing for disabled people?

There’s already a huge amount of work being done across government departments centred on disability and the cross-cutting themes.

Earlier this year the Department for Transport (DfT) launched the “It's everyone's journey” campaign. The aim was to promote understanding and kindness when using public transport. DfT worked with disabled people and disability charities to co-design a well-received awareness campaign. 

The Department for Education (DfE) is reviewing Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision to target and improve outcomes for children and young people to reach their fullest potential. DfE is also working with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to refresh the cross-government Autism strategy.  

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is bringing forward public consultation work which will consider how they improve their current service so it’s better and easier to use, explore how they provide extra support to help people navigate the benefits system, and understand how to improve their employment support offer.

How will the government deliver the strategy?

The National Strategy for Disabled People will draw together existing and new work across government departments. The Disability Unit (DU) is facilitating greater join-up where this makes sense to improve outcomes for disabled people. We’ve challenged departments to think creatively to progress policies that are ambitious about disability and to work across departmental boundaries. 

We’re also stepping up further engagement with our stakeholders. We’ll use technology, including social media, to ensure that we collect thoughts directly from people who are not represented by existing groups. Our stakeholder groups have been working with us to provide insight on key issues for disabled people. We have regular meetings to ensure that disabled people’s voices are heard, from a range of geographical regions, and varying experiences of disability. 

Our stakeholder groups include:

  • the Disabled People’s Organisation forum
  • the Disability Charities Consortium
  • the Regional Stakeholder Network
  • Disability Access Ambassadors

We value insights from our stakeholders, who provide lived experience and expert views to guide our National Strategy. This is a part of our programme of engagement which will continue even after the Strategy is published.

What’s next?

We’ll spend the next few months gathering thoughts, testing approaches and ensuring that we loop in views from the widest possible range of stakeholders and citizens. 

We aim to publish the National Strategy for Disabled People in Spring 2021. 

Make sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date on what we’re doing @DisabilityUnit.

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  1. Comment by Kev Carrell posted on

    Will their be an opportunity to get involved for the older generation suffering from hidden disabilities?

    Many of whom, denied any help or acceptance in their youth. Who have found workarounds for a number of situations, which now cast doubt on the severity of their conditions.

    Having both severe ADHD and Autistic spectrum conditions. I myself have been subject to other's discrimination. Based on the fact, one day I can be coherent. And the next, if my chemical imbalances are apparent. Unaware of how much time has passed (I have a real problem with gauging the passing of time). Or recalling dates and times.

    Unless, my chemical balance is ok. Then the autistic spectrum, in rather a contradicting way. Will help me with my recall.

    However. Any frustration I show. Although directed at myself, and completely unavoidable from a medical point of view. Is cause for remonstration and disbelief.

    Even though I can communicate effectively, on paper or within text. It is quite easy for another individual to make me look incompetent, or just confused and thus dismissed.

  2. Comment by Melissa McDonald posted on

    Will there be help for disabled through pandemic or we just forgotten ones thousands ppl have died because our government left them struggling for food so will disabled be compensated

  3. Comment by Lennord Macoy posted on

    During the past 10 years the experiance of disabled people has been comparable to a scrounger and unworthy at the hands of the crule DWP and assessment providers. Its lack of accountability that enables this.

    The problem with this strategy is many will not belive (or want to be part of) posative action will happen. Its not the public its ministers motives. The minister for the disabed seems to be very detached and likes to talk the talk but does not deliver.

    I hope it will reverse some of the crule administration and firmly belive many DWP employees want to support the disabled but constrained by the system.


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