Disability rights progress, 1970-2010
This made the provision of social services for eligible disabled people obligatory for councils.
1971 Attendance allowance introduced
Disabled people needing attendance day and night receive a non-means-tested benefit.
1974 First minister for disabled people
Alf Morris introduces benefits for disabled people and carers, including mobility allowance in 1976.
1983 Mental Health Act
Allows compulsory treatment and detention of those with mental health problems.
1986 Disabled Persons Act
This required social services to provide disabled people with a written assessment and take into account the abilities of informal carers to carrying on caring when deciding to provide services.
1989 My Left Foot released
The Oscar-winning biopic of novelist and artist Christy Brown, an Irishman with cerebral palsy who wrote and painted with his left foot. The Starring Daniel Day-Lewis (pictured), the film is credited with raising disability consciousness among the public.
1992 Disability living allowance introduced
DLA replaces attendance and mobility allowances for those who are disabled before age of 65.
Made it illegal to discriminate against disabled people in employment or in the provision of good and services.
Empowered councils to give working-age social care users cash payments in lieu of services.
1997 Gloucester judgement
Local authorities allowed to consider budgetary implications when assessing a disabled person’s eligibility for services – a blow to campaigners.
2000 Disability Rights Commission established
The commission is charged with upholding the rights of disabled people under the DDA.
The act introduces a duty on public authorities to promote disability equality.
2008 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities comes into force
This obliges members to root out disability discrimination and promote equal rights. Ratified by UK in 2009 but with opt-outs.
2009 Fiona Pilkington inquest
Disability hate crime cast into the spotlight after inquest rules Pilkington killed herself and her daughter, Francesca Hardwick, in 2007 after suffering years of abuse from a local gang.