“I have a strong personal commitment to supporting and advancing the disability equality agenda. As the daughter of deaf parents I have direct personal experience the many barriers that often prevent disabled people from being able to enjoy the same opportunities or to make lifestyle choices as freely as most people."
"For all the progress that has been achieved over the past decade there is still some way to go until we achieve disability equality. I am extremely encouraged by the new Disability Discrimination Act 2005, which has endowed new powers and duties to ensure disabled people get a better and fairer deal."
"Therefore events, such as this one organised by DD+1, are vital to maintaining the momentum and breaking down those remaining barriers. I truly hope everyone attending the event will leave with a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing disabled people, or that they have learnt something new about disability. Essentially the event will be about raising awareness of the disability agenda through information, education and activities."
"There is no real secret to raising awareness of such issues. It is events like this one that bring people from different backgrounds and from different organisations with varying involvement with the disability agenda to share their experiences. What we need is for those people attending to go away and to discuss the issues and how think about how they affect change within their school, office and local community.”