Thursday, March 06, 2008

End Disability Poverty campaign

This from Leonard Cheshire DisAbility:
Disabled people are twice as likely to live in financial poverty but disability poverty is about much more than that. It is about access to and quality of education; housing; transport; employment; access to shops and services; access to health care and social services; levels of hate crime and access to justice. The links between disability and poverty remain so strong that unless specific action is taken to tackle disability poverty, the goal for ending other forms of poverty, such as child poverty, will simply not be met. This is why we need you to get involved to help us raise disability poverty on the Government agenda.
Although this campaign is only in the UK, LCD also has a similar campaigns worldwide, like the global campaign for education and School 4 all:Creature discomforts
Can you imagine your childhood without an education? A childhood without learning, without playing amongst friends… You see, an education is about so much more than learning to read and write – it’s about socialisation; it's about getting a start in life. Yet 98% of disabled girls and boys in the developing world are excluded from school. Excluded from a chance in life....Every child should have the right to go to school. The chance to learn and play with other children, to learn basic skills and to fulfil their potential...We need to bring about the changes to make this happen.
Well, we don't have to go too far to see discrimination against disabled students. Check out the case of Ryan Leitch here in Auckland. Despite being an award winning student, he can't get funding for necessary caregiving to attend university. (via) Is not just ramps and accessible classrooms, you see.

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