The internet is essential in our lives. It is the main way people access job opportunities, benefits and even prescriptions. This has especially been the case during COVID-19. Libraries, charities and job centres were closed to the public. This left many without internet access.
Unfortunately, people see access to the internet as a luxury and a privilege. But, it is a necessity. It is a gateway for people to access and enjoy their human rights. During COVID-19 it has been the way for many people to connect with friends and family. Some have used the internet for much needed emotional support or to take part in community life.
Manifesto for a Better Normal
COVID-19 has been a difficult time for disabled people in the North East. Disabled people are feeling the impact physically, mentally and financially. But, new ways of working and delivering services are increasing. Many of these are more accessible for disabled people.
As we focus on how to build back from COVID-19, we have the opportunity to improve disabled people’s rights in the UK. In fact, now is the time to create a better ‘normal’ for disabled people.
The ‘Manifesto’ highlights 4 key concerns for disabled people in the North East. These are: access and inclusion, health and social care, employment and welfare benefits. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. We call for changes to local authority and UK Government policy. Additionally, we suggest ways that service providers and employers can improve.
Contact details for each charity involved are in the full report. Main contact – [email protected].