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Don't get involved: an examination of how public sector organisations in England are involving disabled people in the Disability Equality Duty

Pearson, Charlotte and Watson, Nick and Stalker, K. and Lerpiniere, Jennifer and Paterson, Kevin and Ferrie, Joanna (2011) Don't get involved: an examination of how public sector organisations in England are involving disabled people in the Disability Equality Duty. Disability and Society, 26 (3). pp. 255-268. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

The Disability Equality Duty (DED) came into force in December 2006. It stipulated that all public sector organisations were to develop policies to promote the equality of disabled people as staff members, consumers or visitors. Its emergence comes as part of a network of social policies developed over the last 20 years to promote disability rights and citizenship in the UK. However unlike previous legislation, the DED set in place the need for organisations to be pro-active in their policies and work with disabled people to move towards change in public sector cultures and working practices. This article reports on this early stage of implementation in England. Findings show that whilst some progress has been made in securing change, practice varied greatly. Therefore if a fundamental change in the culture of work and service provision is to be secured, this key requirement will need to be given a higher priority by organisations.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27451
Keywords: disability equality duty, disability, citizenship, disability rights, equality, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Health(social science), Social Sciences(all), Health Professions(all)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
Faculty of Education > Educational and Professional Studies
Depositing user: Mr Alan Slevin
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 14:49
Last modified: 24 Jul 2015 09:21
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27451

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