Earlier today, I received the following email from disability charity Scope that sparked a fire in my militant soul that’ll keep on burning until independent living is secure for all disabled people.
It read as follows:
This November marks 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act became law in Britain. It was an important moment and the first time that anti-discrimination legislation for disabled people was passed.
However, it was the campaign fought by disabled people that made 1995 such a landmark year. Thousands of people came together to take to the streets, lobby parliament and protest against discrimination.
They wanted to make the country a better place.
Over the next two weeks – through a series of blogs and videos – we’re telling the story of some of the remarkable individuals who campaigned tirelessly to make Britain fairer and more equal.
We hope a new generation of activists will be inspired by this landmark campaign for civil rights. The people who fought to change the law are proof of what can be achieved when a community comes together…