Support of Disabled People

We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God and thus are of great worth. We also affirm that some people face the challenge of disabilities, and for this reason they have different needs for support from society and/or different capacities to contribute to society, compared with non-disabled people.

However, many disabled people do not receive the support which they need, and many are impoverished.

Therefore, we call for societies to provide better support for disabled people, including financial support; and to validate the worth of every person, unconditional upon their perceived contribution to society.


Thesis Background
Around the world, disabled people experience higher rates of poverty than non-disabled people[1]. In terms of the UK alone, a United Nations committee has criticised the insufficiency of support for disabled people[2]. A recent report stated, “Disabled people are more likely to live in poverty and material deprivation than people who are not disabled, and continue to be disproportionately affected by a range of social security reforms”[3][p.9]. I studied Education with English at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2017. I am involved with the Cambridge branch of Just Love. I am keen to build a more socially just society, and am particularly passionate about issues relating to disability. [1] World Health Organization. (2011). World report on disability. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from https://www.unicef.org/protection/World_report_on_disability_eng.pdf. [2] Equality and Human Rights Commission, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, & Scottish Human Rights Commission. (July 2017). Disability rights in the UK: UK Independent Mechanism updated submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advance of the public examination of the UK’s implementation of the UN CRPD. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/disability-rights-uk-updated-submission-un-committee-rights-persons. [3] Kentish, B. (2017, August 24). Government cuts have caused ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled, UN committee says. Independent. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-spending-cuts-human-catastrophe-un-committee-rights-persons-with-disabilities-disabled-a7911556.html.

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