Politics

Disabled People Highlight Scores Of Lockdown Concerns

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Disabled people have highlighted gaps in social security support, flaws in the shielding system and worries about access to vaccines, after they were asked to describe their concerns as England entered its third national coronavirus lockdown*. They raised scores of different issues, ranging from worries about the accessibility […]

New Disability And Access Ambassadors To Support Rights Of Disabled Consumers

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From: Disability Unit and Justin Tomlinson MP in Gov.uk. The Cabinet Office, on behalf of the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, is seeking fourteen new Disability  and Access Ambassadors to help to ensure businesses are doing all they can to support their disabled customers. They will join existing Ambassadors who have been helping industry and the Government […]

History Made ! Department Of Defense Funds Its First-Ever ME/CFS Research Projects

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  From Solve M.E. Since 2017, unleashing the potential research funds from the Department of Defense (DOD) for ME/CFS has been one of our highest priorities. After more than three years of hard work, the first ME/CFS awards *ever* funded by Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) have been announced! This has been a really hard year […]

The Guardian View On Disability Rights: A Deficit Of Attention

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  From The Guardian.   Twenty-five years after discrimination was outlawed, progress towards inclusion and equality has gone into reverse. There should have been a feature film, or a primetime TV series. Maybe one day there will be. But this year, the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act – a landmark piece of legislation […]

Government’s Quiet Confession: We Must Do More To Protect Disabled People From COVID

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The UK government appears to have bowed to months of pressure from disabled campaigners and allies, after quietly revealing that it is considering taking “further action” to protect disabled people from the pandemic. It comes alongside an admission that disabled people have been “disproportionately impacted” by COVID-19, […]

Governments ‘Overwhelmingly Failed’ To Protect Disability Rights During Pandemic

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. Governments around the world – including the UK’s – have “overwhelmingly failed” to protect disabled people’s rights in responding to the global pandemic, according to the results of a major international survey. This has had “dire consequences”, with thousands of avoidable and preventable deaths and other “serious […]

Trio Of MPs Expose Widespread Discrimination In House Of Commons

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Three MPs – two of whom have long-term health conditions – have exposed the widespread discrimination faced by disabled MPs due to outdated House of Commons rules, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 100 “very high risk” MPs are currently “excluded” from taking […]

Pandemic Recession Likely To Have ‘Disproportionate’ Impact On Disabled People

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service. The recession associated with the pandemic is likely to be having a disproportionate impact on disabled employees, just as it did in the last recession, according to academics. They have examined the impact on disabled people during the recession of 2007 to 2009, and believe it is […]

City Of York Council Ban Blue Badge Holders From City Centre

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  There are approximately 49,058 cities, towns and villages in the UK. The disabled spend is around £212 billion per year. I wonder how many of these places have banned Blue Badge holders from their centres stopping them spending some of that money with struggling retailers? York has..

Councils Face Calls To Re-Think COVID Streetscape Changes

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  By TJM in Disability News Service.   Local authorities in England and Wales are facing calls to re-think the “streetscape” changes being made in response to COVID-19, amid concerns that the new street infrastructure is making parts of towns and cities inaccessible to many disabled people. Disabled people and their organisations have previously warned that many […]

Restrictions On Disabled People’s Rights Must Not Become The New Normal

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  From UK Parliament Website.   Temporary Coronavirus Act provisions due to be debated in the House of Commons on Weds 30 September could substantially restrict or curtail important, hard-won rights that disabled people rely on for their quality of life, says a new report by the Women and Equalities Committee.   To read the […]

DWP ‘Performs Partial U-turn’ Over DNS ‘Ban’ After Criticism From Campaigners

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have performed a partial U-turn after disabled campaigners reacted angrily to an apparent ban on media requests from Disability News Service (DNS). Last week, DNS reported how DWP’s press office had failed to provide a meaningful response […]

Disabled Peers Call On Government To Scrap Care Act Coronavirus Powers

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Two disabled peers have called on the health and social care secretary to scrap powers given to local authorities that allow them to suspend some of their social care duties during the coronavirus pandemic. Crossbench peers Baroness [Jane] Campbell and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson have written to […]

DWP Silent As It Stops Answering Questions From Disability News Service

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped answering questions from Disability News Service (DNS), and is refusing to explain why it has taken the “totally unacceptable” step. Since early July, DWP’s press office has failed to provide a meaningful response to questions submitted by […]

Blue Badge Eligibility – Update September 2020

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  From Independent Living.   If you are a Blue Badge holder, and you have been struggling to find an unoccupied disabled parking bay, it is probably not surprising. According to data obtained from Freedom of Information requests made by confused.com, there are 38 badge holders per parking space… Since the welcome extension of Blue […]

The Government Has Failed ‘Spectacularly’ To Support Disabled People Returning To Work

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  By Vicky Foxcroft MP in The House.   Two thirds of all Covid-19 deaths so far have been disabled people. The Government needs to ensure those who were shielding are not forced to go back to an unsafe workplace. Since the national shielding programme ended on the 1st of August, lots of people have […]

ME/CFS Economic Cost: $14.5B Each Year

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  By Eddie Ngaluafe in Griffith News.   Griffith University research has calculated the cost of the debilitating illness myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at $14.5 billion each year in Australia. Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, co-director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), says the figure shows the significant economic toll on patients and the broader […]

The Guilt Of ME

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  The Guilt of ME When the beast descends we know the score Strength and hope go through the floor We’ve all been on this road before Another day of guilt Want to take my part in life Want to spend some time with wife Want to cause no further strife Another day of guilt […]

York Central infrastructure Funding Confirmed

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From gov.uk.   Homes England and Network Rail will be investing £77 million to ensure that York’s new city centre quarter development goes ahead, following confirmation of the route for the funding to the project from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The announcement has been welcomed as a clear signal of the […]

The Netherlands Is Set To Make A Huge Investment In Biomedical Research

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  By Simon McGrath in ME/CFS Research Review.   A patient-led petition asked the Dutch parliament to tackle ME properly. It instructed the Government to take action, which eventually led to the Dutch health research agency recommending a €25m biomedical research programme. Patients are playing a central role in the process. The Dutch national health […]

Coronavirus: ‘Scandalous’ Silence Of Government’s Disability Unit As Thousands Die

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The government has been accused of a “totally reprehensible failure” after its new Disability Unit failed to make a single announcement in more than three months, while more than 20,000 disabled people were dying from COVID-19. The unit was set up last year to “break down the […]

We’re 20 Percent Of America, And We’re Still Invisible

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  By Judith Heumann and John Wodatch in the New York Times. Ms. Heumann is a disability rights activist. Mr. Wodatch is a civil rights lawyer.   This month as the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act approached, we asked two prominent figures in the disability rights movement, Judy Heumann and John Wodatch, where they thought […]

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