Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up an Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises legislation to provide Britain with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are: the Equal Pay Act 1970 the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
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United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights agreement written by and for disabled people. It is for people who have a long-term physical, mental, learning or sensory impairment who may face barriers to participating equally in society. The Convention places obligations on the UK and Scottish Governments to take steps to make sure disabled people enjoy their human rights in the same way as others. Disabled people and the Commissions play an important role to protect, promote and monitor the implementation of these rights. If you, your family members or friends
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Social Model

The Social Model has been developed by disabled people in response to the Medical Model and the impact this has on their daily lives. Under the Social Model, disability is caused by the society in which we live and is not the ‘fault’ of an individual disabled person, or an inevitable consequence of their limitations. Disability is the product of the physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers present within society, which lead to discrimination. The removal of discrimination requires a change of approach and thinking in the way in which society is organised. The Social Model takes account of disabled people
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Models of Disability

Definitions and the language used are important because they form the basis of models. Models are not scientific or philosophical theories or ideologies. They are merely ways of looking at things or situations. There are two predominant models of disability commonly in use in the UK; the Medical Model and the Social Model.
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Medical Model

Under the Medical Model, disabled people are defined by their illness or medical condition. They are disempowered: medical diagnoses are used to regulate and control access to social benefits, housing, education, leisure and employment. The Medical Model promotes the views of a disabled person as dependent and needing to be cured or cared for, and it justifies the way in which disabled people have been systematically excluded from society. Control resides firmly with professionals. Choices for the individual are limited to the options provided and approved by the ‘helping’ expert. The Medical Model is sometimes known as the ‘individual model’
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Medical Model

Under the Medical Model, disabled people are defined by their illness or medical condition. They are disempowered: medical diagnoses are used to regulate and control access to social benefits, housing, education, leisure and employment. The Medical Model promotes the views of a disabled person as dependent and needing to be cured or cared for, and it justifies the way in which disabled people have been systematically excluded from society. Control resides firmly with professionals. Choices for the individual are limited to the options provided and approved by the ‘helping’ expert. The Medical Model is sometimes known as the ‘individual model’
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Blog: Let’s try it this way…

I started working with Scottish Disability Equality Forum about three years ago.  The biggest challenge for me was understanding who our membership was and how best to communicate to them all.  The process in place when I started wasn’t wrong at all but I felt it could be simplified, especially with the membership increasing weekly. Our membership is open to all disabled people, therefore the communication needs varied a lot and this resulted in spending days ensuring each member received exactly the format of information they requested, for example: Yellow paper Large fonts in varying sizes Audio tape CD Print
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Top ten tips for communication – how to get better at speaking with people who have a learning disability

Top ten tips for communication – how to get better at speaking with people who have a learning disability Who we are My name is Ivan Cohen and I am a member of People First (Scotland). I am Chairperson of my local collective advocacy group and I also represent People First at the Inclusive Communication Hub Working Group. People First (Scotland) is the independent self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities. People First is run by and for us, the members – this makes us a Disabled Person’s User-Led Organisation. We have more than one thousand members and about one
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