UPDATE 6 SEPTEMBER 2016: Direct action taking place across the country as people protest against austerity cuts to disability rights and independence, the capricious cruelties of Work Capability Assessments by over-worked under-skilled private profiteering companies focusing on clearing backlogs rather than making fair assessments of ability. Fight the cuts!
At the end of last year the UK became the first country in the world to be investigated by the United Nations for grave and systematic violations of Disabled people’s rights.
This is as a direct result of the disproportionate impact of austerity on Disabled people and ideological attacks waged by the Tory government that have seen Disabled people and the poorest members of society hit by cut after cut after cut.
In 2012 DPAC in partnership with UK Uncut were able to use the media interest around the London Paralympics to draw attention to the disgraceful practices of Atos, one of the Paralympic sponsors and the company responsible for carrying out the notorious Work Capability Assessment that has caused so much harm and suffering.
Two years later Atos pulled put of the contract to run the WCA which had become unworkable due to the success of the campaign against them.
This September DPAC will be using the interest surrounding the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio to draw attention to the cumulative impact of the cuts on Disabled people that are taking Disabled people’s rights back decades with attacks in every area of our lives from education to independent living to employment to income.
Whilst we will not be protesting against the Games themselves, we will be using this opportunity to raise awareness of the increasing numbers of Disabled people whose access not only to sport and recreation but also to basic human rights such support to eat, drink and use the toilet is being taken away as a result of the cuts.
Below are the events we have planned but please do organise your own and let us know so we can publicise.