The Disability Rights Taskforce aims to remove inequalities experienced by disabled people in society, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July 2021, the Disability Equality Forum published the ‘Locked Out: Liberating Disabled People’s Lives and Rights in Wales beyond COVID-19’ report.
The report highlights inequalities experienced by disabled people in society, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
A part of the Welsh Government’s response to the report was to establish the Disability Rights Taskforce.
To address the issues highlighted in the report, the Taskforce will work collaboratively with:
- people with lived experience and expertise
- disabled people’s organisations
- Welsh Government policy leads
- other interested bodies/organisations
Our work will be based on a common understanding of the Social Model of Disability, human rights, and co-production.
We’ve identified the following workstreams as priority areas for our programme of work:
- embedding and understanding of the Social Model of Disability (across Wales)
- access to services (including communications and technology)
- independent living: social care
- independent living: health and wellbeing
- employment and income
- affordable and accessible housing
- children and young people
We will aim to publish our ‘Disability Rights Action Plan’ in March 2024.