A roadmap has been published by the government on how its departments are working towards disability equality by 2025. It aims to show the government’s progress since ‘Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People’ was published in 2005, and to outline plans for future development.
The Roadmap has 14 themes, disabled people have identified the areas that will make the biggest contribution to equality, as set out in the document ‘Equality for disabled people: how will we know we are making progress?’ (2007). The themes also aim to support the commitments that were made in the Life Chances report, the Independent Living Strategy, the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, and departmental Secretary of State report commitments.
The Roadmap aims to help those working in government to:
* identify the theme(s) where they can make a difference
* look for shared priorities so they can work with other departments to share ideas, gain more support and make a bigger impact
* involve disabled people in policymaking and delivery of services to best understand and achieve what will really make a difference to disabled people
The Roadmap allows those working outside government to:
* identify which government department is responsible for leading on which theme
* align their business plans with what’s happening across government
* look for shared priorities so they can work with government to focus on the same issue at the same time