Office for Disability Issues news
This page covers all the latest news from the Office for Disability Issues (ODI). Earlier news items, including news from the previous administration, can be found in the News archive.
Minister of State for Disabled People’s message to stakeholders for the 21st International Day of Disabled People – 3 December
The theme of the International Day this year is about breaking down the barriers that disabled people face. In his message to stakeholders, Minister of State for Disabled People, Mike Penning, explains how removing barriers and enabling disabled people is at the heart of the Government’s approach.
The Minister’s statement highlights a number of key areas of work, including:
- the Disability Confident campaign, where government is working in partnership with business and employers to challenge negative attitudes about disability employment
- the Paralympic Legacy including the new Built Environment Professional Education project where government is working with the Greater London Authority to encourage a greater focus on inclusive design in the curriculum of built environment professionals such as architects and planners
- the second edition of Aspire 2 the on-line magazine aimed at young disabled people, which has the theme of attitudes
- the work of the Disability Action Alliance with the Money Advisory Service (MAS) on a new life-event page on the MAS website providing information for people who are ill or disabled.
On 2 July the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey launched Fulfilling Potential: Making it Happen.
Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People said “The Spending Round demonstrated our continuing commitment to supporting disabled people with spending of almost £50bn a year. It is hugely important for our society that disabled people can fulfil their potential and play full and active roles. The UK is seen as a world leader in disability rights and independent living. And the inspirational Paralympics have created a major shift in visibility and public attitudes in the UK. We have set out an ambitious action plan to work with disabled people and other sectors of society to build further on this.
“Many young disabled people tell me that they don’t want to face a life on benefits, or be excluded from the mainstream. We are highlighting inspiring role models to point the way forward. And we will ensure others can play a full part in creating the opportunities disabled people deserve. This will start with a major employer conference on 18 July.”
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.
Welcoming the report the Minister said:
“This is the most comprehensive review of the evidence since ‘The Life Chances’ report was published in 2005. It covers a range of issues that affect the lives of disabled people in the UK today.”
The Government is undertaking a wide-variety of programmes to promote the interests of disabled people, Disability Issues Minister Esther McVey explained in an email to disability groups earlier this week.
Ms McVey outlined progress on new programmes and campaigns including a new role models campaign, the Disability Action Alliance, and her work with television and production companies.
The announcement of a new Paralympics Legacy Advisory Group and Sport England’s funding for sport for disabled people, and recent developments with Access to Work, were all covered.
The message also explained how she was continuing to work with Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations (DPULOs).
Today’s International Day of Disabled People is being marked with a new campaign to inspire young disabled people to help fulfil their potential and achieve their aspirations.
DWP has been working with a group of young disabled people to put together the Role models: Inspire a generation campaign – a series of short video clips of a wide range of role models.
Welcoming the campaign, Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said:
“The theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled is the removal of barriers so that we can all create an inclusive and accessible society for everyone.
“Showcasing role models will help us to illustrate what disabled people can and do achieve.”
Page last reviewed: 2 July 2013