Disability Action Call Made to Political Parties

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Byline: LESLEY WALSH

HUMAN rights for people with disabilities should be high on the agenda of Northern Ireland's political parties, charity workers urged yesterday.

Disability Action took its campaign to UUP headquarters in Belfast in the latest in a series of submissions to all MLAs.

The submission was delivered as it was announced that the chief executive of Disability Action, Monica Wilson, was one of the receipients of an award from Radar, the Disability Network.

The call also coincided yesterday with both the UN and European days of disabled people.

In an appeal to Ulster's politicians, Disability Action called for an inclusion in their party manifestos of a statement on human rights for people with disabilities, in time for the next elections.

The submission, written by the Alliance for Human Rights for People with Disabilities, demands recognition that people with disabilities are first and foremost human beings, entitled to the full range of human rights.

It also urges political parties ''to commit to ensure this recognition is physically and economically possible''.

Ms Wilson said: ''This is a very important day for people with disabilities as we begin to demand inclusion in all aspects of Northern Ireland society. …