David Blunkett, the ex-Home Secretary, is to head up a new Office for disability issues at the end of the year.
This new unit will be responsible for driving action and delivery across the whole of Government and linking with the work of the Disability Rights Commission in ensuring equality across society. Crucially it will be working with organisations of and for people with disabilities, businesses and public services in changing attitudes and facilitating inclusion.
Hopefully, as Blunkett is blind and a bit of a hard bastard, it won’t be a crappy touchy-feely “Let’s all hug a cripple” thing that ignores Web Accessibility.
But why leave that to chance? They’re soliciting your views on what they should do – so if you’re a UK citizen (or subject, or whatever the hell we are) why not request that they tighten up Web Accessibility regulations – maybe they should nag the genteel Disability Rights Commission to initiate a prosecution or two, or ban government departments doing business with inaccessible technology vendors? You can just fill in their questionnaire. We pay their salaries, after all. And if you do send a suggestion, why not copy it here, too?
Power to the people!
Hat-tip to the always-useful monthly round up from Isolani.