Records of the English Secretariat of the International Year of Disabled People

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the English Secretariat of the International Year of Disabled People, comprising: papers re the United Nations resolution 1978-1981; the English Secretariat of IYDP 1978-1982; IDYP working groups 1980-1982; Snowdon Project 1981-1983; Association for independent Disabled Self-Sufficiency (AIDS); IDYP publicity containing video and sound recordings; Press Cuttings Books 1980-1982; IYDP posters

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Nations General Assembly approved the designation of 1981 as the International Year of Disabled People in Dec 1976. Following consultations between the government and leading voluntary organisations in late 1978, the National Council for voluntary Organisations was invited to organise IYDP in England; the Secretary began work in May 1979. A Committee was appointed after an inaugural meeting of voluntary organisations in Sep 1979 and first met in Dec of that year. Until 1982 it worked through existing groups on its own projects, publicity campaigns and working groups for the aims of: increasing awareness of the needs, abilities and aspirations of disabled people; the participation, equality and integration of disabled people; the prevention of disability; positive attitudes towards disabled people. Its work was continued for a short time by the Snowdon Council 1981-1982.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to bona fide researchers

Acquisition Information

Ms Carolyn Keen, formerly Press Officer IYDP, London; 15 Aug 1986

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and Licensing rules available on request