Annual British Sociological Association/British Library Equality Lecture with Tom Shakespeare on Enabling Equality: from disabling barriers to equal participation. Held at the British Library Conference Centre on 30 May 2014.
In this talk, the researcher and disability rights advocate Dr Tom Shakespeare explores what it takes to achieve equality for disabled people, in the era of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and ‘welfare reform’. Barrier removal and reasonable adjustments make workplaces more accessible, but only if the extra costs which disabled people face are met through state benefits. Because disability is so diverse, ensuring that all disabled people can flourish requires more than simply levelling the playing field. Where next for disability equality?
Tom Shakespeare is a senior lecturer in medical sociology at the University of East Anglia. Previously, he worked at the World Health Organization where he was one of the authors and editors of the World Report on Disability (2011). Author of Disability Rights and Wrongs Revisited (2013) among other publications, Tom has been involved in the disability movement since 1986.
The event was chaired by Howard Wollman, Chair of the British Sociological Association.