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Disabilities and sensory loss

Guide to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The Commission has published a new guide to make people with disabilities aware of their rights, and how to use them. It will help individuals challenge injustices and improve services for themselves and others, and will help organisations understand their responsibilities.

The Convention, which was signed by the UK government last year, covers health, education, employment, personal security, independent living and access to information and justice. It describes what the government has agreed to do by next July to realise the rights of people with disabilities.

"The UK signed up to this treaty just over a year ago and we will continue to work with the government to make sure that it is implemented fully. It requires government to take action to remove barriers and give disabled people real freedom, dignity and equality. Our role is to ensure Britain makes rapid progress towards making the Convention rights a reality for disabled people. You and your organisation can get involved in telling people about these rights. The more people who know what the Convention says, the more likely it is that disabled people will be treated fairly"

Mike Smith, Chairman
Convention Disability Committee

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Blue badge scheme

The blue badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people who have severe difficulties with walking, and also people who are registered blind. You can find out more on our blue badge webpage.

Direct payments

You have a right to buy and manage your own care if you want. For more information view our direct payments webpage.

Counselling directory

The counselling directory website was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through our own experiences of mental health issues, we have learnt how important having relevant information is and how the right support can help transform lives. Our team is passionate about counselling and we want to promote the huge benefits talk therapy can have.

Contact us

If you feel that you or someone you know needs social care assistance, please contact the adult social care team.