Ministerial Statement of Support for Disabled Access Day
Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP talks about the Disabled Access Day, 17 January 2015.
I am delighted to see so many companies and venues coming together to host events and demonstrate how important it is to them to be accessible and inclusive for disabled people on this, the first Disabled Access Day.
Many disabled people face barriers in their everyday lives that prevent them from being full and active members of their community. The government is committed to working with disabled people and others to remove these barriers so that those affected can fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. This includes getting businesses to focus on the needs of disabled people – both as employees and customers - and for local communities to be accessible and inclusive.
One in five people in the UK has a disability, and disabled people and their households have a spending power of over £200 billion. So thinking about accessibility and inclusion makes good sense for any business and community.
In September 2014 I launched The Accessible Britain Challenge, which encourages communities to be both accessible and inclusive. This means working with disabled people to remove the obstacles stopping them from participating fully in their community. Over 120 individuals, groups and organisations have already shared their good practice and case studies for the benefits of others; these can be found on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/accessiblebritain.
There are further details on the Disabled Access Day website at www.disabledaccessday.com/ - I hope you will lend your support.
Mark Harper MP
Minister of State for Disabled People