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Accessibility, politics and change

For the past year, I have gone against type and strolled down an avenue in my advocacy work that was not only unfamiliar to me, but that I was reluctant to embark upon. Last June I joined the UK Government's eAccessibility Forum, with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect. I certainly had no innate confidence in my ability to influence change within Government: that would have been absurd. But I always have plenty of hope and a very strong will, so I set off down a road I knew nowt about. In fact, I recall being so scared that I resorted to my usual self-effacing, flippant remarks, like, "What I know about politics I could write on the back of a postage stamp", but it couldn't have been more true.

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Legislation, schmegislation - don’t tell them, teach them

Don’t get me wrong, I am more than delighted that so many countries around the world have laws in place protecting human rights and promoting the equal treatment of such a wide variety of minority groups, but despite all of this legislation and the requirements for people and organisations to comply with them, we still seem to be falling considerably short in reality.

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