“A lot of people today say, ‘Oh things are terrible, I can’t get into my local train station. And I think, ‘My god, that was my daily experience’. I couldn’t go to the cinema because I was told I was a fire risk.
In her interview, campaigner and parliamentarian, Baroness Jane Campbell, shares her personal journey through the birth of the disability movement in the UK from its emergence in the 1960s and 1970s, through to the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. She describes how the shift really came through the coming together of intellectuals with their ideas, disabled people becoming more educated and society becoming more progressive.
Baroness Jane Campbell takes us through her personal activist journey from being an activist in the campaign for women’s Equality when “Younger people started to question old stereotypes”; to her meeting Vic Finkelstein, one of the biggest influencers at the time, to the moment she became aware that she was part of an exciting wide and growing movement, and finally to entering Parliament.
I thought ‘My god, I’m part of something big…It was 10 years of self-discovery of finding friends and doing things outside the home. I was seeing places, being part of ideas and groups that I’d never ever dreamed I would. It felt amazing and I feel privileged to have wheeled that road.”
Baroness Jane Campbell provides an engaging and brilliant whistle stop tour of the key players and changes to disability policy and legislation in the UK. Her fight continues as she told us, “Prejudice and discrimination is still rife out there and we have to protect each other and fight alongside each other.”