First day for disability rights launched

The Disability Rights Commission held its first ‘Disability
Rights Day’ in Manchester, aimed at raising awareness of its
existence and increasing understanding of disability

The launch, which took place in the city’s main shopping
area, King’s Street, also sought to encourage the public to
think about the barriers faced by disabled people in everyday

High street stores including Next, Gap and Virgin pledged their
support for the day by using disabled mannequins in their window

The day also included a radio campaign featuring real life case
studies of discrimination.

Commission chairperson Bert Massie said: “This is a chance for
the DRC to spread the message of disability rights in one of the
UK’s most vibrant cities. We’re delighted to have the
support of organisations in the retail and commercial industry on
our first Disability Rights Day.”

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