The UK Government is calling on disabled people to share their experiences to help shape national strategy

In a bid to help determine the Prime Minister’s upcoming National Strategy for Disabled People, disabled people are being asked to share their experiences.

Credit: UK Government Disability Unit

Covering topics including employment opportunities to the public’s attitudes towards disability, this is a chance for disabled people to have their voices heard.

The survey is seeking the views of disabled people, carers, charities and stakeholders on the content of a National Strategy for Disabled People.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

“Understanding people’s real experiences of living with a disability and their views on what needs to change are essential if we are to truly change the landscape for disabled people,” states Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson.

The survey is based on what disability organisations have said needs addressing and covers many aspects of life, from employment opportunities to making sure public services are accessible to all.

The UK Disability Survey can be accessed here until 23 April 2021.

Focusing on: Access to justice; built environment; tackling stigma and harassment; independent living; products and services; the survey also provides a place for disabled people to share their experiences of discrimination and abuse, signposting any victims to further support.

SHAPE THE FUTURE

Minister Tomlinson adds: “By taking part in this survey people everywhere can help shape our national strategy, ensuring that the interests of disabled people are front and centre as we build back better.”

The survey will be hosted on the engagement platform Citizen Space and will be fully accessible, with BSL, Easy Read and audio versions available.

“It is of the upmost importance that the lived experience of blind and partially sighted people plays a key part in informing and shaping the disability strategy so we’re pleased to have worked with the Cabinet Office on ensuring the survey is accessible,” says Sarah Lambert, head of social change at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

ROUNDTABLE

The Government will also be hosting roundtables in the coming months with disabled people and disability organisations as part of an ongoing programme of engagement to publicise the survey and raise awareness of the Strategy.

The survey will be open until 23 April and responses received before 13 February will inform the development of the Strategy, with those after that date used to inform its delivery.

Have your say, the survey can be accessed for free, here.

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