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Govt asks disabled people to explain equality

16th February 2007

Disabled people are being urged to describe what equality means to them as part of a drive to help the government monitor progress on the issue.

Anne McGuire, the disabled people's minister, announced that a public consultation into equality for disabled people would be led by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), set up to help deliver equality for disabled people by 2025.

"Disabled people are the experts about their priorities," Ms McGuire told a Disability Rights Commission event on Wednesday.

"That's why I'm launching a consultation today, which will help to find out what disabled people and those whose lives are affected by disability think."

She added that the consultation aimed to help the government "know how we should measure progress in achieving equality for disabled people by 2025".

"I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the consultation over the next few months, and the continuing involvement of disabled people in this work," Ms McGuire concluded.

The consultation period runs until May 9th 2007 and will see the ODI working with groups of disabled people and the organisations representing them.