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Why Is The Government Waging A War Against Disabled People ?

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  By Peter Beresford in The Guardian.   A recent United Nations report on its inspection into the UK’s record on disabled people’s rights was described as a “17-page-long catalogue of shame” by one commentator, who wrote: Over the past seven years, cuts to benefits, social care, the legal system and local authority funding have effectively put decades of […]

Millions Of Disabled People Feel Lonely, Including Me – Let’s Change This

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  By Hayley Tomkinson in Scope.   Shani is an events manager, disability campaigner and entrepreneur from Walsall. She features in Scope’s new What I Need To Say campaign which highlights the isolation that millions of disabled people face. In this blog, Shani shares her own experiences. At certain times in our lives, we are […]

Ofcom: Disabled People Now First For Broadband Fault Repairs

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    By Tom Rogers in Broadbanddeals.co.uk.   New rules announced today by Ofcom will finally put disabled people in the UK at the front of the queue when it comes to getting their broadband problems sorted. The changes are due to come into force from 1 October 2018. It will force all UK broadband […]

Jobcentre Staff Criticised For ‘Alarming Lack Of Confidence’ With Disabled People

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    By John Vale in Care Appointments.   Staff at Jobcentres have an “alarming” lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not “shoehorned” back into work […]

Scope Role Models

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  We’re working with secondary schools to help them create inclusive learning environments and start conversations about disability. What is Scope Role Models?   One hour workshops for secondary school students, hosted by Scope and a disabled role model. In a relaxed style, we talk about issues like attitudes, stereotyping and how they impact the […]

Is Parking On The Pavement Illegal ?

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  By Maria McCarthy in Saga Magazine.   Parking is a topic where feelings run high – it could be lack of parking, parking charges or inconsiderate parking. But anyone who has ever been forced to walk in the road because of a motorist who has decided to park on the pavement will agree that […]

Disabled People Are Relying On Crowdfunding To Get Wheelchairs

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  From Disability Rights UK.   Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, has told the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting that “hundreds of patients” were fundraising online for their wheelchairs – and that she was one of them. The junior doctor, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (which means her joints dislocate easily), said: “I had to crowdfund my […]

Fermanagh ME Sufferer Michelle, Wants People To See A Witty Side To Disability

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      By Katie Dickie in The Impartial Reporter.   Michelle Cowan (pictured right) from Tamlaght has started a blog called Witshelly, having suffered from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) since the age of 15. The condition meant she lost her eyesight, the power in her hands and legs, her swallow and memories from before the […]

Disability And Your Vote

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.    Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, told last week’s disability hustings event in London that no group experienced as much discrimination – including at the hands of the state – as disabled people. So what has her government done to address that discrimination since the […]

Voters With Learning Disabilities Are Being Excluded From This Election

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      By Michael Richards in The Conversation.   There are more than 1m people with learning disabilities in the UK and the number is expected to increase. These are people who face exclusion from society more than ever – particularly when it comes to voting. Not enough is done to enable their participation […]

Disabled People ‘Denied Access To Justice By Failure Of Judges On Reasonable Adjustments’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human rights barrister. John Horan said the legal profession was failing to address the discrimination faced […]

New York City Is Being Sued Over Inaccessible Subways. It’s About Time.

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      By Karin Willison in The Mighty.     On Tuesday, April 25, two class action lawsuits were filed against New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), accusing it ofsystematically excluding people with disabilitiesdue to a lack of accessible subway stations. Only 112 out of 472 stations — less than 25 percent — […]

DWP’s Unfair Twist For Disabled People

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    From The Guardian.   In light of figures showing 900 disabled people are losing their Motability cars each week (Benefits cuts: are you about to lose a Motability car, scooter or wheelchair? 31 March), I would like to challenge the response of Department of Work and Pensions ministers when they have been pressed […]

A Wheelchair On Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress.

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    By Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times   There’s a wheelchair onstage at the Belasco Theater, and it’s drawing an abundance of attention. There’s also a wheelchair onstage at a small theater not far away, and it’s drawing practically no attention at all. The gulf between the two says quite a lot. At […]

When A Stranger Gets To Decide If You’re Disabled

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  By Amber Hosea in The Mighty.   No one wants to be disabled, and no one wants to go through the disability process. I stopped working two years ago and applied for disability. I worked for as long as I could and pushed myself day in and day out just to get through each work day. […]

Law Change Demands Equal Treatment For Disabled Taxi Users

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   Taxi drivers face a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to transport wheelchair users or attempt to charge them extra, in a change to the law announced today (7 February 2017) by Transport Minister Andrew Jones. From 6 April taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will be […]

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