Creating a fairer Britain
The Convention is a new international human rights agreement that:
The Convention was created because often our human rights are not respected and we face many barriers to inclusion in society.
The Convention is not just a paper ‘declaration’ without any teeth. It requires government to take action to remove barriers and give disabled people real freedom, dignity and equality. We can use it in lots of different ways to make sure our rights are respected and to get a better deal.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is working hard to raise awareness of the Convention among disabled people, legal advisers and public bodies.
The Commission's role is to ensure Britain makes rapid progress towards making the Convention rights a reality for disabled people. We have produced this guide so that you can find out:
This guide is for people living in England, Wales and Scotland. We hope you find it useful. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have produced a separate guide which explains how the Convention will work in Northern Ireland.
Commissioner and Chair of the Disability Committee
Equality and Human Rights Commission