‘Concerning Silence’ From Government Over Disability Ambassador Roles

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

The government has failed to explain why it has made no contact for more than two months with a string of disabled experts who applied for voluntary positions as its “disability and access ambassadors”.

The Disability Unit announced in early January that it was seeking 14 “senior business people” to become “disability and access ambassadors”.

The closing date for the application process was 31 January and applicants received an acknowledgement of their application and were told the government would “be in touch in due course”.

The much-criticised Disability Unit is already facing legal action over its “disrespectful” and “unlawful” approach to seeking disabled people’s views on the proposed national disability strategy.

There has been continuing controversy over the strategy and the survey this year, including why the survey included a question that asked non-disabled people if they would be “happy to have a physical relationship with a disabled person”, and concerns about it being rushed, inaccessible, over-long and poorly-planned.


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