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Disabil News

20 hours ago
Despite great strides in hospital treatment, vital physiotherapy in care homes too often falls shortPaul Luscombe rises confidently from his wheelchair, sets one foot in front of the other and walks steadily between the parallel bars in the rehabilitation gym of his care home.The simple task is, as [...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 days ago
People with autism and learning disabilities can die up to 20 years prematurely. So how can we help carers and health workers diagnose illness in non-verbal patients?“Oh, he’s been so brave and good. He’s not made a fuss at all.” That’s what the well-meaning care worker said about my autis[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
4 days ago
The leak of emails outlining further Tory welfare cut options shows just how fragile the party’s popularity is over social security reforms
The potential Conservative welfare cuts set out in the leaked Whitehall documents demonstrate the huge risks awaiting any administration that seeks, as the[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
4 days ago
Tories dismiss proposed changes seen by BBC that include restricting child benefit to first two children and taxing disability benefits
A range of welfare benefits are potentially facing the axe or severe restrictions by the Conservatives after the general election, according to emails seen by th[...]
Children and ParentingDisabilities
4 days ago
It’s been a hard five years for disabled people under the coalition. I at least got the chance to quiz the PM on this during Sky’s Battle For No 10Last night I was lucky enough to be chosen to put a question to David Cameron on C4 and Sky’s Battle for No 10.The audience gathered together a cou[...]
Disabilities
6 days ago
Government to ask Human Rights Commission for extra time to come up with a new system to determine fair pay for intellectually disabled workersThe Abbott government is likely to have to ask the Human Rights Commission for extra time to come up with a new system to determine fair wages for thousands [...]
Children and ParentingMinorities and ImmigrationDisabilities
6 days ago
My friend and colleague David Harker, who has died aged 64 of cancer, improved the lives of many people. After a varied early career, he joined the disability charity Sense in 1989 and helped transform it into the leading organisation in its field in the world. He went on to become chief executive o[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
6 days ago
We need an independent review to tell us it’s wrong to let sick and disabled people starve? Really?
I am not sure how we reached the point where we need an inquiry to establish that stopping a person’s benefits to the level that they can’t feed themselves or their children may be wrong. B[...]
PovertyChildren and ParentingMental HealthDisabilitiesWomens Issues
1 week ago
Almost half of all MPs’ offices have doors and corridors that won’t fit a wheelchair through and neither David Cameron’s office, nor that of disability minister Mark Harper is accessibleClamouring for the right to vote seems slightly out of sync with modern politics, like watching a suffragett[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Specially designed flats are using technology, from automatic blinds to piped-music wake-up calls, to help young adults with autism and learning disabilities to take control of their lives – dramatically cutting their support costsPerched on a sofa in his modern first-floor flat in south Mancheste[...]
HousingHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Following the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, there’s been a lot of well-intentioned talk but little actual progress in improving the care of vulnerable peopleBy the time Robin Kitt Callender died, she had endured eight weeks of intermittent vomiting and diarrhoea, and her weight had fallen to f[...]
HealthHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
With the number of disabled fans attending gigs doubling, improving accessibility makes sense for venues and audiences
Disabled fans want to enjoy live music with their mates. They want the same experience as everyone else. So when we talk about “access”, what we actually mean is “inclusivi[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Local authorities say a nine-fold increase in demand for deprivation of liberty assessments triggered by a court ruling is paralysing services – an unintended consequence of worthy legislation
Councils overwhelmed by a “tsunami” of requests to protect the rights of tens of thousands of vul[...]
Criminal Justice
1 week ago
Recent MPs enquiry heard copious evidence of claimants being docked hundreds of pounds and pitched into financial crisis for often absurd reasonsThe coalition’s benefit sanctions regime, under which more than 1 million jobseekers had their unemployment benefits stopped last year, has spawned hundr[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthDisabilities
1 week ago
Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sectorYou’d be forgiven for thinking that disabled artists had never had it so good. Unlimited – the commissioning and support programme for disabl[...]
PolicyEducationGerontologyDisabilities
1 week ago
Young composers and people with experience of depression and schizophrenia have joined together for a unique collaboration
Young composers and people with experience of mental illness are using the genre of classical song to de-stigmatise the issue. Related: How a project for disabled teenagers i[...]
HealthDisabilities
1 week ago
Applied behavior analysis, widely used in the US, aims to boost communication and social skills but some critics say it ‘denies kids the right to be who they are’Jack, a nine-year old boy in a bright blue shirt, runs into the kitchen for his after-school snack. In between bites of an apple, he j[...]
Children and ParentingEducationDisabilities
1 week ago
The act means that anyone who provides unpaid care to an adult is eligible for a local authority carer’s assessmentMy day starts at 7am every morning, Monday to Friday. Related: Want to write for us about working in social care? This is how Continue reading...
CareersHealth and Care
1 week ago
It may be the international day of happiness, but welfare cuts and harsh social policies have contributed to a general sense of desperation It may only be a coincidence, of course, that political interest in ideas of happiness has grown as cuts in social care, welfare benefits and healthcare have de[...]
PolicyHealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
The Duchess of Cambridge visits Brookhill Children's Centre in Woolwich, south-east London, on Wednesday, where she meets families supported by the Home Start charity. The centre helps families struggling with issues such as disability, financial stress and bereavement. Kate, who is due to have her [...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
1 week ago
Cornish group Get Out There has transformed the lives of dozens of teenagers at risk of social exclusion and is now a model for schemes around the countryElla Perris is looking forward to a year of international travel. In May the Cornish teenager flies to Bucharest where she will take to the stage [...]
ChildrenChildrenChildre
1 week ago
We were not surprised that the Department for Work and Pensions dismissed the research by Newcastle University showing the real hardship suffered by those subject to the bedroom tax (Isolation, anxiety, depression: study reveals the true cost of the bedroom tax, 16 March). We elicited the same react[...]
EducationHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
The horrific experience of trying to claim benefits when I could no longer work led me to set up a social enterprise, but demand is outstripping our capacityDuring 30 years as a community worker and adult tutor, I provided support and guidance for people in need. But four years ago I found myself in[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Now, more than ever, we need a statement of disabled people’s right to a public presence – to counteract hate crime and negative benefit scrounger images.
Isn’t it time that the contribution and achievements of disabled people gained a public presence through some kind of visual symbol? [...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Do you know of any statues around the world that celebrate the achievements of disabled people? Share your photos via GuardianWitness
Isn’t it time that the contribution and achievements of disabled people gained a public presence through some kind of visual symbol? After all the razzmatazz of [...]
Disabilities
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Latest Blog

15 weeks ago
Recent decades have brought significant changes in family form and function, as well as new service delivery models that promote health and well-being for people with various disabilities within their homes and communities. Nevertheless, providing care to family members continues to be part of famil[...]
 

More Blogs

20 weeks ago
November 6, 2014 NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Care Comes Home, emphasizes the benefits and challenges of caregiving at home—where most caregiving takes place. Download outreach materials from the Caregiver Action Network (previ[...]
 
26 weeks ago
By Rena Malai, News staff Countless children are waiting for homes that many people with disabilities want to provide, says Robyn Powell, attorney adviser for the National Council on Disability. “There are a significant number of people with disabilities who want to take adoptive children in and r[...]
 
39 weeks ago
June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that o[...]
 
265 weeks ago
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports on state-level budget cuts:Cuts Affect Wide Range of ServicesStates began cutting their budgets last spring, as the recession brought sharply weakened revenues. The cuts have intensified as the economy has worsened. Even as the need for state-funded[...]