What the Mayor’s doing for Deaf and disabled Londoners
There are 1.3 million Londoners who are Deaf or disabled. That’s about one in eight people who call our city home. You may think that figure is high, but remember, some disabilities are easier to see than others. Whether physical, sensory, learning difficulties, mental illness or long-term health conditions, being disabled can affect how a person thinks, feels or acts, and how they relate to their environment.
The Mayor is keen to remove any barriers that limit life choices for disabled people, like the design of housing, transport and public space. He’ll also challenge attitudes that stop disabled people from having the same chance as others to thrive. By so doing, the Mayor will make London a city that is accessible and inclusive for all.
On the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), here’s some of the work the Mayor’s doing for Deaf and disabled Londoners:
- Our new online locator tool will help people find accessible housing and specialist older persons housing, designed to suit their needs
- Liberty Festival, our showcase event for Deaf and disabled artists, reached thousands of people this summer
- Investing £200m to make more Tube stations step-free. TfL will make another 30 plus stations step-free by 2020-21, to create a more accessible transport system
- Over £560,000 from the Young Londoners Fund is going to projects for disabled young people
- Investing in new facilities to help Deaf and disabled learners through the Skills for Londoners Fund
- Improving public space and facilities for disabled people and ensuring the highest standards in inclusive design. This is supported by the draft London Plan.