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The Office for Disability Issues leads in driving delivery of the government’s vision for disabled people.
We help remove barriers so that all disabled people are able to fulfil their potential and be fully participating members of society.
We work in all areas of government policy and with a wide range of stakeholders.
21st International Day of Disabled People – 3 December 2013
Minister of State for Disabled People, Mike Penning, has today sent a message to stakeholders about the importance of the International Day, and some of the ways in which DWP will be marking it.
Read the Minister's statement in full (PDF, 3 pages, 28KB)
What is the International Day?
Every year the International Day of Disabled People is used to promote an understanding of disabled people and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
The United Nations chooses a different theme for the Day and in 2013 it’s going to be: ‘Break barriers and open doors: to realise an inclusive society for all”.
The barriers that disabled people face can take a variety of forms. They might relate to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT) which are not accessible. They could result from legislation or policy. Or they might be the result of attitudes in society, or discrimination.
The International Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of disabled people and their contribution to society. This year’s theme offers the opportunity to highlight barriers, and how they have been successfully challenged and overcome.
Find more information about the International Day, including how the United Nations encourages it to be commemorated, and the themes adopted in previous years.
We are encouraging disabled people and their organisations to celebrate the Day. We want to help share information about what is going on, and think how we can collectively make an even bigger splash next year.
So if you are holding an event, you can let us know by emailing ODI at: email@example.com
Please head your email: International Day of Disabled People.
For Braille, Large Print formats and a summary in BSL with audio voice-over and subtitles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspire 2 Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen
Aspire2 Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen is an online magazine which aims to inspire young disabled people to get involved with disability issues.
The second edition looks at attitudes, perceptions and hate crime.
There are interviews with TV broadcaster Alex Brooker, Mike Penning MP the new Minister of State for Disabled People, Paralympian Louise Hunt, Assistant Chief Constable Harris Disability Hate Crime lead, and Stephen Brookes from the Disability Hate Crime Network. It also features articles about the work that is being undertaken to tackle negative attitudes, for example, the Brittle Bone Society’s schools project, and Time to Change. The Young DPULO (Disabled People’s User Led Organisations) Ambassadors have been involved in the preparing the magazine.
- Aspire2 – Issue 2, December 2013 (PDF, 21 pages, 2.13 MB)
- Aspire2 – Issue 2, December 2013 (RTF, 31 pages, 137 KB)
The magazine wants to encourage more young disabled people to get involved with, or benefit from some of the projects that have been inspired by Paralympic Games.
Aspire2 magazine - Issue 1
The first edition looks at the Paralympic Legacy, Sport and the disability strategy.
- Aspire2 – Issue 1, August 2013 (PDF, 17 pages, 3.42 MB)
- Aspire2 – Issue 1, August 2013 (RTF, 24 pages, 97 KB)
- Audio files: Aspire2 – Issue 1 August 2013
Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen - Better Working with Disabled People
On 16 July the triennial review of Equality 2025 (PDF, 20 pages, 95KB) was published.
Following the successful engagement with disabled people that has co-produced Fulfilling Potential, the Government’s Disability Strategy and Action Plan we now want to build on this and create new arrangements to strengthen the voice of disabled people in Government. We want to hear from disabled people about how best to do this. On 16 July we published Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen - Better Working with Disabled People, our response to the triennial review of Equality 2025. This also launches a consultation on next steps for advice from and engagement with disabled people.
- Better Working with Disabled People consultation (PDF, 19 pages, 103 KB)
- Better Working with Disabled People consultation Easy Read (PDF, 18 pages, 1.08 MB)
We welcome your input into developing these new arrangements. The period for submitting your views ends on 16 October 2013. Please send your consultation responses to:
- Office for Disability Issues
Department for Work and Pensions
Ground floor, Caxton House
Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen
On 2 July 2013 the Government published ‘Fulfilling Potential – Making it Happen’.
‘Fulfilling Potential-Making it Happen’ emphasises the need for innovative cross sector partnership with disabled people and their organisations and promotes new ways of working to deliver meaningful outcomes and bring about the changes needed in communities that have a real and lasting effect on the day-to-day lives of disabled people.
Alongside this the Government also published ‘Fulfilling Potential – Making it Happen Action Plan’ which sets out clearly in one place where progress has been made and where further work is planned.
- Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen
On 2 July the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey launched Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen. (2 July 2013)
- Fulfilling Potential: Building understanding
On 13 February the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey launched ‘Fulfilling Potential: Building a deeper understanding of disability in the UK today.’ at a breakfast meeting with employers (13 February 2013)
- Disability Issues Minister looks ahead with latest developments
The Government is undertaking a wide-variety of programmes to promote the interests of disabled people, Disability Issues Minister Esther McVey has explained in an email to disability groups (7 December 2012)
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If you wish to contact the Minister for Disabled People, please follow the instructions on the Department for Work and Pensions website.
Page last reviewed: 29 August 2013