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Disability Equality Scheme
Medway Council’s Disability Equality Scheme aims to promote
equality and remove barriers for all disabled people. The scheme is
the council’s response to the duties on disability equality that
came into force on 4 December 2006. The duty makes it clear that
disabled people should have equality of opportunity and choices to
improve the quality of their lives. The council has a key part to
play, as it fulfils many roles in society.
Medway Council is committed to using the social model of
disability, which is explained in appendix three of the scheme. It
believes that the various barriers that people with impairments
face are the real cause of disability; not impairment itself.
Barriers may be caused by the physical environment, by inflexible
or inappropriate services or by attitudes.
Services that are effective for disabled people are more likely
to be effective for all users. However, equality of opportunity
cannot be achieved simply by treating everyone alike. The council
is committed to putting the customer at the heart of everything it
does; one of its strategic priorities. The Disability Equality
Scheme is consistent with that aim and the council will ensure it
is sensitive to the requirements of disabled people and designs its
services and employment practices to respond to those needs.
Delivering disability equality within Medway is central to the
council and partner agencies achieving its vision of Medway - a
city of learning, culture, tourism and enterprise.
The Disability Equality Scheme
2009-12 (pdf 137KB) sets out the context for the development of
the scheme and describes the progress that was made through the
previous scheme as well as detailing incidence of disability and
impairments in Medway. To use this file, you will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it on your computer, please use
our advice page.
The following key priorities have been identified to promote
disability equality within Medway. These priorities have been
identified through the experience of implementing the existing
scheme; the involvement of disabled people and new information
available to the council:
- taking action to improve employment opportunities for disabled
- working with partner agencies on improving the reporting,
recording and response to disability hates crimes and
- improving the accessibility of the council’s information on
services, such as increasing the provision of easy read
- taking action to reduce the educational achievement gap between
disabled people and non-disabled people;
- taking action to improve the collection, analysis and use of
disability monitoring information and population data to support
service improvements and employment practices.
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