A national disabled people's parliament is to be created, with 180 elected members from around Britain.
Candidates, who must be disabled and want to tackle disability discrimination, will be elected regionally by disabled people who join an electoral register drawn up by the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP), an umbrella group of 100 organisations. The parliament will reflect cultural diversity and a broad range of disabilities. Funding is being provided through the European Year of Disabled People.
BCODP chief executive, Andy Rickell, said, ?The parliament will set out a disabled people's manifesto and be a collective voice for feeding into national issues. It is hoped 400,000 people will vote in elections for the first parliament which will convene in Manchester in October.