See later in this post for how people with disability were perviously excluded.
I watched as Deborah wheeled herself towards the stage and saw the four stairs up to the stage. I expected a ramp to appear from somewhere. When one didn’t appear I waited for apologies from the summit organisers into the microphone. None were forthcoming.
There were 133 people who attended the summit this year.
7 of them were people with disability
5 were family members or carers
12 people, 7 with disability, is not anywhere near an adequate amount of
inclusion of people with disability as the issues which affect our lives are
being discussed and decided upon.
7 people with disability is not how many people Informa, the summit organisers promised would be allowed to attend.
My full post and outcome can be seen HERE
No one else who lives the experience of disability directly was invited to give voice to our issues.
I am tired of having to fight for my right to be able to have basic access and inclusion requirements met! That is occurred in 2015 at a disability summit is an outrage!
It is these things which lead to a real change in attitudes towards people with disability. We need to be included and provided full access to attend these important events!