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Disabled people and European human rightsA review of the implications of the 1998 Human Rights Act for disabled children and adults in the UK$
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Luke Clements

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344250

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344250.001.0001

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The way forward: policy and practice proposals

The way forward: policy and practice proposals

(p.89) Five The way forward: policy and practice proposals
Disabled people and European human rights

Luke Clements

Janet Read

Policy Press

This chapter looks at some of the ways the 1998 Human Rights Act may benefit disabled adults and children. It presents several realistic limitations and positive potentials of any course of action. The chapter shows that the Act has raised expectations and created considerable excitement. The Act protects many fundamental rights that are relevant to disabled people. The chapter also explores three main approaches that should not be regarded as mutually exclusive: changing practice in public authorities, redress for individuals, and changing the political and public climate.

Keywords:   Human Rights Act, realistic limitations, positive potentials, fundamental rights, main approaches, changing practice, redress for individuals, political climate, public climate

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