Deaf and disabled communities

The Mayor wants to create a more equal, integrated city – a city that works for all Londoners. This means being alert to issues which affect London’s 1.2 million deaf and disabled people.

Policies and projects

The Mayor is committed to listen and work with deaf and disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs), charities, civil society organisations, businesses and other partners to understand and tackle barriers faced by disabled people.

We are working on a number of policies and projects:

  • Affordable Homes: the Mayor’s Care and Specialised Housing Programme is providing more accessible homes which meet the needs of disabled Londoners
  • Inclusive design: development proposals are required to achieve the highest standards of accessible and inclusive design; the draft London Plan proposes planning applications to include an inclusive design statement
  • Improving the public realm and facilities: the draft London Plan includes improved provision of public toilets in new developments, including provision of Changing Places toilets and increased Blue Badge Parking for disabled people
  • Accessible Transport network: the Mayor has invested £200 million to make more stations on London’s underground network step-free. Transport for London will make more than 30 additional stations step-free by 2020-21, alongside other measure to create a more accessible transport system.
  • Improved facilities for learners: investment in FE capital estate through the Skills for Londoners Fund includes new facilities for deaf and disabled learners to support skills growth and employability

The Mayor's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Launched in May 2018, the Mayor’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy sets out the Mayor's vision for a more inclusive city. At the heart of this lies a desire to make London a fairer and more equal place for all ages and communities.

The strategy is available in Easy Read format and there is a BSL introduction.

The strategy is informed by consultation with London's communities, including deaf and disabled stakeholders, on the Mayor's Vision for Equality and Diversity. It addresses barriers experienced by deaf and disabled Londoners, including access to housing, transport and employment, and is structured around the issues that Londoners face. 

A reader's guide for deaf and disabled Londoners highlights sections of the strategy with particular relevance to deaf and disabled people.

The strategy is underpinned by an evidence base, which presents evidence on London's diverse population, as well as the inequalities experienced by Londoners in areas such as housing, education, employment, transport, crime, health, social integration, culture and sport.

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