"Year of Disabled People" Needs To Focus On Abilities
January 22, 2003
CARDIFF, WALES--Monday was the launch date for the European Year of Disabled People. In Cardiff, it included a celebration of music, poetry, drama and art created by artists with disabilities from all over Wales.
It also included Ken Mack, a father who has been advocating for equal opportunities for people with disabilities such as his 30-year-old twin sons.
"People and employers are very reluctant to take on people, particularly those with learning disabilities," Mack told BBC News.
"You have this continual discrimination going on and I think part of the problem is lack of honesty with people," he said.
"There needs to be more understanding and people with disabilities need to be allowed to reach their potential -- because they do have potential."