Tag: history

The great escape and the old school

Paul Carter and Victoria Wright discuss the independent living movement and disabled people's experiences of school. They also hear from the activist Kaliya Franklin who has published a report suggesting that the government has imposed targets for the number of people found fit for work under the work capability assessment. They are joined by John … Continue reading The great escape and the old school

Independence is the key for disability history month

Independence is the key for disability history month

With the court of appeal overturning the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund, this year's UK Disability History Month has launched in bullish mood. Sunil Peck reports. The theme of this year's celebration of disability history is the struggle for independent living. 120 allies and campaigners gathered in a community centre in Westminster … Continue reading Independence is the key for disability history month

Lesson in government’s own history

Lesson in government’s own history

As the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) marks and celebrates 30 years of reform, Simone Aspis says the Government needs to remember the part it has played in history. Just 40 years ago, many disabled children were considered as “uneducable”, and “unsuitable for education at school”. Some 32,000 disabled children attending junior training centres, special … Continue reading Lesson in government’s own history