First Rights Day hailed as a success

The Disability Rights Commission held its first Disability Rights
Day earlier this week. The event, in Manchester, aimed to raise
awareness of the commission and disability legislation.

The day’s launch, in the city’s main shopping area, King’s Street,
sought to encourage the public to consider the barriers faced by
disabled people in everyday life. High street stores, including
Next, Gap and Virgin, demonstrated their support for the day by
using disabled mannequins in their window displays.

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

Chairperson of the commission Bert Massie said: “This is a chance
to spread the message of disability rights in one of the country’s
most vibrant cities.”

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