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Is the House of Lords relevant to disability legislation? Confessions of a Peer




12.30pm to 2.15pm. Seminar starts at 1pm. Buffet lunch at 12.30pm

The presentation will consider the place of the House of Lords in the British constitution generally; its role in the legislative process; possibilities of reform; and its impact on disability legislation in particular.

Colin was appointed to the House of Lords in May 2006 as one of the seven new non-party-political peers.  He was recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission for his work as Chairman of RNIB, President of the European Blind Union and as a long-time campaigner for disability rights. Colin has been totally blind since the age of 3. He taught Law and Criminology for 16 years at Leeds University, from 1968-1984, before moving to London as Director of the Disability Resource Team, an organisation providing advice and services on disability.  He then went on to become senior research fellow at City University London, researching theories of disability. Colin has also undertaken important roles in a wide range of organisations concerned with blindness and disability, including the Disability Alliance, the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, SKILL (National Bureau for Students with Disabilities) and the National Federation of the Blind

Selected publications:

Low, C. (2007) A defence of moderate inclusion and the end of ideology, In Cigman, R. (Ed.), Included or Excluded, Oxford: Routledge, pp 3-14.
Low, C. (2006) Some ideologies of disability, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 6, 2, 108-111.
Low C. Have Disability Rights gone too far? Insight Lecture at City University, London, 3 April 2001. (Re-printed in Disability World, Issue no. 7, March-April, 2001. Available at:

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 9th June 2010