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What is it? 

Throughout the year RADAR campaigns for equal rights for disabled people and we know that it is vital that MPs hear directly from disabled people about the issues that affect them.  

 

Every year we co-ordinate a national 'dialogue on disability' where disabled people across the country meet with their local Member of Parliament - during the same month – to discuss both local and national issues that affect them as disabled people.  We provide those taking part with a briefing pack to inform them about national issues such as the campaign for the right to Independent Living, or employment prospects for disabled people; many people talk about their personal experiences, and local issues such as access to homes or to local transport.

 

This national dialogue raises the profile of disability amongst parliamentarians, and can lead to an ongoing relationship between disabled people and their elected representatives, helping to build the capacity of disabled people to campaign for change.

 

Take part in Radar’s MP Disability Dialogue 2011

May – June 2011

Contact campaigns@radar.org.uk

Radar believes that it is vital that MPs hear directly from disabled people about the issues that affect them. 

One in five people in every constituency are likely to be living with a disability or a health-condition, yet last year in a ComRes/Scope poll 88% of disabled people said that they felt their voices were not heard by elected representatives. Furthermore, only 32% of people with learning disabilities voted in the 2010 General Election. And there are very few MPs with a declared disability.

That is why from 12 May until the end of June Radar will be encouraging disabled people to meet with their MP and find out how their MP can help them. We hope that this will result in ongoing relationships between MPs and people with lived experience of disability or health conditions, and help disabled people to campaign for change.

There are different ways that you can take part – 

As an individual you can ask for a meeting at your MP’s surgery.

As a group you could ask one or two members to visit your MP on your behalf; or you can invite an MP to visit your services; or you can invite them to an event.

 

Radar will provide you with information that you need to contact you local MP and talk about issues that matter to you. We also have a small, limited budget to help with access costs for an event which you need to apply for. We sent all MPs a copy of Radar’s MP’s Guide on Disability with practical tips how to meet disabled constituents’ needs and we have invited them to support the MP Disability Dialogue. We will be asking you for feedback and use this for a report that will be launched at a Parliamentary reception in October. This Reception will be jointly hosted by the All-party Parliamentary Group on Disability and the Minister for Disabled People.

For more information or to register your interest, please email campaigns@radar.org.uk.

Radar would like to thank the Office for Disability Issues for their support. 

This information is available in Easy Read, for a copy please email camapigns@radar.org.uk<  

The 2008 National Dialogue

The RADAR briefing pack included information on:

  • Housing
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Taxi Accessibility
  • Independent Living and Health and Social Care

There was a wide range of members participating in the scheme - from key disability rights protagonists, to local access groups and centres for independent living to individual disabled people wanting to raise local concerns.  Participants included those who regularly engage with their MPs and those who were meeting their MP for the first time.  Some went to their MPs surgery to meet, and others invited their MPs to speak at a debate, or to their local group.  Over 130 disabled people and over 25 MPs were involved in this years dialogue.  

The Report on the National Dialogue on Disability 2008

We ask everyone who takes part to feedback to us about the things they talked to their MP about, and to let us know of any commitments their MP made.  From this we write a report of the scheme so we can show what disabled people across the country are concerned about. 

Read this year's report here.<

Celebrating the 2008 dialogue

We celebrated the national month of dialogue on disability at a Parliamentary reception in March, where all those who took part in the scheme - constituents and MPs - are invited to attend.  This year's reception was very well attended, and we distributed the report of the scheme, together with the new edition of RADAR's MPs' Guide on Disability.

If you, or your organisation, want to get involved in the MP Dialogue on Disability 2011 contact Marije Davidson on marije.davidson@radar.org.uk< for more information. 

Your voice can be heard!

Some coments from previous year's schemes:

"I think the dialogue scheme is an excellent way for MPs to understand the practical aspects of issues of which they may know the theory"

"My MP’s premises were inaccessible to my scooter. They are looking into this as a direct result of my visit".

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