Watchdog says treatment is a ‘badge of shame’ on British society
The UK’s equality watchdog is calling for the everyday rights of disabled people to be strengthened and protected after claiming they are not being treated as “equal citizens”.
David Isaac, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the lack of progress in strengthening legislation, especially in terms of accessibility, is a “badge of shame” on British society.
Mr Isaac told the BBC: “Disabled people currently are treated like second class citizens.
”The everyday rights non-disabled people take for granted, such as being able to access transport, housing, restaurants, theatres and sporting events, are still being denied.”
Selina Mills, a writer who is visually impaired, described her difficulty at struggling to get a taxi in London despite law instructing black cabs to be accessible.