Our Lives, Our Choices is the campaign for the right to independent living. The campaign is being supported by many organisations such as NCIL, as well as trade unions, MPs and Peers. As part of the campaign, a National Rally is being held on 18 June between 12 and 2pm at 10 Downing Street in London.
At the rally, stories of Disabled People who are struggling to live independently will be presented to the Prime Minister. Disabled People will be demanding legislation that guarantees their right to the support they need to live free and equal lives.
The Disabled People’s (Independent Living) Bill is a private member’s bill sponsored by Lord Ashley of Stoke and Roger Berry MP. If passed, the Bill would give Disabled and Older People clear legal rights to the services and support needed to control their own lives and participate in society.
Even if you cannot come to the rally, you can still support the campaign. You can request a ‘Our Lives, Our Choices’ campaign pack which will tell you everything you need to know about the Independent Living Bill. It also contains model letters that you can send to your MPs and local authority and tips on how to get the local media to talk about the campaign.