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20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act – #DDA20

November marks the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) becoming law in Britain. The law improved the lives of many disabled people and put anti-discrimination law on the statute book.  

For many disabled people the DDA was a bitter-sweet victory and didn’t go far enough. However, the civil rights campaigners and activists who fought tirelessly to change the law made 1995 a remarkable moment in disability history. 

This blog is shared as part of a series of stories to celebrate the campaigners who fought for civil rights. You can find out more on our website or on social media using #DDA20 

Over the coming few days (between 2 to 13 November) we’ll be sharing the stories of some of the people who were on the front line of the movement. People like Baroness Campbell, Mike Oliver and Agnes Fletcher who have all dedicated their lives to making the country a better place for disabled people.

Through a series of videos and blogs we want to share the stories of these remarkable individuals. We believe it’s important to tell this history. Not because it is Scope’s history – it was a movement of activists and campaigners, disabled people and allies – but because a new generation need to know what can be achieved when people come together and call for change.

We also want to hear from you. If you have stories of memories of the campaign for civil rights then get in touch. You can email us or get involved on social media using #DDA20

The next 20 years

We’ll also be sharing the ideas and activism of young disabled campaigners who are now picking up the baton to make Britain a better place for disabled people. This month we mark 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act, but what will we mark in another 20 years time? In 2035, when we look back, what will Britain and the world look like for disabled people?

We hope you enjoy the stories and they inspire you to keep fighting for a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Find out more about the activists and campaigners who fought for civil rights and about the Disability Discrimination Act.

6 thoughts on “20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act – #DDA20”

  1. You believed or not. I’m Argentine, but I love UK. Is difficult to understand? I don’t know. Thank you. Tnak you for I had been saw at the princess, the most beautiful woman, that is English.. Power treason for loved it more OK? Thank you for you culture, for the English Tower in Retiro (Bs. As). Than you for the trains in Argentine, thank you for The Bs. As Herald. I pledge at Lord for the soul of my kids death in the south and for the marins deaths. Thank you for you courage, than you for the human rights, thanyo fopr the rights in the dissability. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GUTS. I love you

  2. Well we all need to fight some more as this law does not work alot of us disabled ladies and gentlemen are still being discriminated against by dwp ids David Cameron 🙁

    1. Totally agree having seen the system in action it is not there for the aid of the disabled community in any shape or form. I am just waiting for the next channel 4 ‘documentary’, ‘disabled scrounges or britain’

    2. I’ve been arrested for having learning disabilities. I was run down by an adult riding a bicycle on the pavement and because of my disabilities I’m being prosecuted for assault! She claims I deliberatly walked into her path, she should not have been there and because I have learning disabilities I am automatically a lier and a violent person.

  3. Reblogged this on Bella Bounces and commented:
    I must say, I really enjoy reading Scope’s blog, since I’ve rubbed shoulders with people with disabilities in one way or another throughout my school, work and personal life. Since it’s a bit of a landmark #DDA20 I thought I’d share this blog and also a few of my thoughts on how Gymnastics in the UK has, as a sport, embraced disabilities – and made it more about Ability, not Dis-Ability. I’ll also round up later how there are still a few things that could help to embrace every ability further and the troubles in doing so.

    Firstly, a little bit from Scope…

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