Diversity, Equality and Rights

  • Pere Ayling


Despite the numerous national (Equality Act 2010) and international (UNCRPD) laws that have been created over the decades to protect the rights of children and adults with impairments, studies have shown that disabled people do not yet enjoy full citizenship rights and are still perceived as not having equal worth as their non-disabled counterparts. This suggests that despite the paradigmatic shift in our understanding of disability as a social construct, individuals with impairments are still perceived as the “inferior other” and thus have often lived at the “margins of personhood” (Kittay 2005, p. 67 in Mojdeh Bayat 2015). The rhetoric of equality of rights in the UK and elsewhere does not appear to have translated into the acceptance and celebration of differences neither has it changed peoples’ perceptions of disabled persons. Rather, the characterisation of disabled people as scroungers in the media and within welfare policies demonstrated through the incessant assessing of disabled people for disability benefits seems to have to increase the negative views and treatment of children and adults with impairment.


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  • Pere Ayling
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  1. 1.University of SuffolkIpswichUK

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