Your Story, Our History: UK Parliament launches films on disability discrimination
22 March 2019 (updated on 22 March 2019)
In the final ever Your Story, Our History film series, Adi, Becky and Nancy reflect on how the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Equality Act 2010 and Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 helped them break down barriers.
The #YourStoryOurHistory videos were commissioned by Parliament's Education and Engagement Service as part of their ongoing programme of public engagement. It aims to demonstrate how Parliament affects people's day to day lives, and to diversify the range of people who are involved with the work of Parliament.
"I knew that people couldn't justify putting up barriers because we had the Disability Discrimination Act."
Adi, who lost 95% of his vision from the age of 12, shared his experience of living with Retinitis pigmentosa in his film. He used the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to stand up to discrimination in the workplace.
"I can see the shift in people beginning to understand people's differences."
Becky was filmed sharing her experience of living with Bipolar disorder. She reflected on how society's view of mental health has been changed for the better by the Equality Act 2010.
"I am now able to follow my dreams, follow my sports and hobbies…I can still go and do the things that I love to do."
Nancy discusses how the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 opened the door to more changes in the law to support people with disabilities.
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement, said:
"These incredibly moving Your Story, Our History films from Adi, Becky and Nancy, show just how vital legislation is to improving people's lives and helping them fight for their rights."
Previous Your Story, Our History stories
Series 1: Race relations
2016's theme looked at how the UK Parliament race relations laws helped change the lives of people within the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group.
Series 2: LGBT communities
In 2017 the films focused on laws around relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation and the impact this has had on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT ).
Series 3: Women's rights
In 2018 as part of Vote 100, women shared their personal stories of how laws passed by the UK Parliament have changed their lives for the better.
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