Many services that are run or commissioned by the Council focus on meeting the health and social care needs of disabled people. But disability equality goes beyond simply meeting these needs. The Equality Act 2010 encourages public authorities to advance equality for disabled people, including encouraging participation in public life. Disabled people make up around 15 to 20% of the population, but disabled people are under-represented in employment and on Boards/Committees and experience many barriers accessing services.
The Social Model of Disability emphasises the individual and places the focus on removing barriers that get in the way of everyone being able to participate in all mainstream activities. The Medical Model of disability focuses on the impairment rather than the social barriers and many disabled people view it as negative. The Council works closely with many disabled people and groups to create a better environment for disabled people to prosper and enjoy life.
There are many sources of information and initiatives relating to disability and carers on our website - particularly within our health and social care pages. We also promote a Charter for British Sign Language because of the significant barriers and isolation faced by Deaf people.