Disability History Month – Great Blogs From Parliamentary Archives

To mark Disability History Month, the UK Parliament website is sharing a selection of blog articles from the Parliamentary Archives. They reveal a lot about the legislation and people that have played a part in shaping disability rights in the UK.

When a Piano Tuner met the Prime Minister

It’s been over 100 years since the passing of the Blind Persons Act. This blog shares everything you need to know about this historic piece of legislation and how it came to be, through the efforts of determined campaigners and supporters. You’ll learn how marchers travelling from Manchester, Leeds and Newport to London, joined a demonstration in Trafalgar Square which proved a turning point in the fight to change legislation. The Blind Persons Bill, 10 August 1920 – Read the blog

100 years of the Royal British Legion

The Legion was originally founded on 15 May 1921 by Tom Lister and Field Marshal Earl Haig. It was established to care for those who had suffered either financially or with their health because of military service during the First World War and to support their dependents such as spouses and children. This blog looks at the early years of the Legion, especially the support towards disabled ex-servicemen. Read the blog

To The Wire: The race to pass the 1970 Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act

The Queen’s speech opening the 1969-70 Parliamentary Session was distinctly representative of the progressive social policies that characterised Harold Wilson’s Labour Government, but there was the glaring omission of any proposed statute concerning disability rights. For Alf Morris, MP for Wythenshawe, Manchester this was the final straw. Learn what happened next. Read the blog

Baroness Darcy De Knayth: Paralympian & Peer

In this blog, we look at the achievements of Baroness Darcy De Knayth, who overcame anguish and adversity with an endurance and empathy that saw her become both a Paralympian and Peer. To improve the lives of the young was a prime objective of Baroness Darcy’s aspirational initiatives. Read the blog

Jack Ashley: No Barriers

In the early hours of the 1st April 1966, BBC cameras covering the General Election captured the moment Jack Ashley was confirmed as the new Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South. Just a year later after complications with a routine ear operation he was left completely deaf. This would be the beginning of a public life like no other as he became a tireless equal rights campaigner for the disabled. Read the blog

Petitions Then and Now: The campaign for social security payments for disabled people

In June 1969, local newspapers across the United Kingdom reported on demands for social security payments for disabled people. They highlighted that a group of individuals had created a petition about the issue. Read the article to learn more about the Disabled petitioners who went to Parliament and made their cause and its supporters more visible. Read the article