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Disabil News

4 days ago
Well done to the social security advisory committee for standing up to its political masters in pointing out the lack of evidence that the benefit sanctions regime is having any impact on changing attitudes to work (Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime’s effectiveness, 27 Jul[...]
Disabilities
5 days ago
My wife and I met the disability activist Duncan Watson and his first wife, Mercia, on a holiday tour of South Africa in 1997 where we were the only people who enjoyed pre- or post-dinner drinks. Discussing the day’s events, Duncan would say “today we saw”, Mercia being his eyes. They were a r[...]
Disabilities
6 days ago
Beach wheelchairs could help disabled people like me access British beaches and make a splash while on holiday, so why don’t we have more of them?I’m a big fan of beach holidays, and although in a wheelchair with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, I have always found a way to get to the wat[...]
Disabilities
6 days ago
Lack of jobs and welfare policies of successive governments blamed by Acoss head for ‘alarming’ numbers of people out of work for more than 12 monthsThe welfare policies of the current and previous federal governments are to blame for high levels of long-term unemployment, the Australian Council[...]
6 days ago
UK HomeCare Association, representing firms supporting 880,000 older and disabled people, says increases in staff costs could see businesses go bust
Firms supporting 880,000 older and disabled people have warned that the costs of introducing a “national living wage” could trigger “catastrop[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
When I was a lad I, together with other sufferers from various disabilities and deformities, attended the Royal Cripples hospital here in Birmingham (When Crossword clues clash with the Guardian style guide, 27 July). At some juncture in the 1970s the name was changed to the Royal Orthopaedic hospit[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 week ago
Ray Flynn, 80, had implant inserted that converts video images into electric pulses, transmitted wirelessly to electrodes on the retina’s surfaceA partially sighted pensioner has had his central vision restored for the first time in nearly a decade after he received a bionic eye.Ray Flynn, 80, fro[...]
Health
1 week ago
First-ever survey of the motivation behind disability hate crime reveals that it is often related to an idea of them as ‘benefit scroungers’ who get special perksAfter the Equality and Human Rights Commission 2011 report on disability hate crime, Hidden in Plain Sight, the government agreed to p[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Ray Flynn, 80, had implant inserted that converts video images into electric pulses, transmitted wirelessly to electrodes on the retina’s surfaceA partially sighted pensioner has had his central vision restored for the first time in nearly a decade after he received a bionic eye.Ray Flynn, 80, fro[...]
Health
1 week ago
By cutting disability and sickness benefits the Conservatives’ welfare bill will worsen the lives of people who have little chance of finding another source of incomeTwo moments over the past fortnight provide an insight into what this government thinks it means to be sick, or a disabled or unempl[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
By cutting disability and sickness benefits the Conservatives’ welfare bill will worsen the lives of people who have little chance of finding another source of incomeTwo moments over the past fortnight provide an insight into what this government thinks it means to be sick, or a disabled or unempl[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Challenging behaviours can be traumatic, but sedation is not the answer. Positive behaviour support can help people express themselves in different waysLast week, NHS England called for an end to over-medicating people with learning disabilities (pdf). This follows a report by Public Health England [...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
1 week ago
Medicine should not be used to make people easier to care for – we need to discuss alternatives and how to spread best practice
The chief pharmacist, Keith Ridge, and I have written to professionals and patients highlighting grave concerns about the inappropriate and prolonged prescribing of ps[...]
PolicyHealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Campaign group led by Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson sets out 10-point plan to enhance provision for usersA wheelchair campaign group led by Tanni Grey-Thompson is launching a charter on Monday calling for an improvement in wheelchair provision.The Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, set up ear[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Blind people, or those with limited vision, use a relief painting technique that adds volume and texture to help create a mental image of a painting by feeling itStaff at the Prado, Spain’s top art museum, usually prevent visitors from touching its priceless treasures.
Related: The real Mona[...]
Health
2 weeks ago
Julie Jaye Charles, head of the Equalities National Council, on trying to cater for black and minority ethnic disabled people’s needs, while her own organisation struggles for fundsJulie Jaye Charles was so deluged by disabled people asking her charity for referrals to food banks earlier this year[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismMinorities and Immigr
2 weeks ago
From a 3D-printed bionic arm to an app that monitors the health of people with epilepsy, technology for good is flourishing but digital inclusion remains a pipedream for manyHow do you decide between the CoPilot app, which reduces the time taken for London Air Ambulance’s pilots to be dispatched t[...]
Health and CareMental HealthCriminal Justice
3 weeks ago
Being awarded the highest rating in social care isn’t easy. Here the manager of a residential service for adults with learning disabililities shares how they did itI manage 16 Kings Road, a residential service for adults with learning disabilities in Hampshire. In June, we became one of only a ha[...]
HealthWo
3 weeks ago
Lady Campbell, a crossbench peer, is still battling benefit cuts that affect disabled people and the assisted dying bill, even though she no longer stops traffic in protests outside WestminsterLady Campbell’s single-mindedness has made her one of the most influential figures in UK disability right[...]
Disabilities
4 weeks ago
Senior figures in the social care sector say the idea of ‘pausing’ cost cap, due to be brought in next April, is being discussed urgently in WhitehallMinisters are considering shelving the promised introduction of a cap on personal liability for the cost of long-term care, after council leaders [...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
People with learning disabilities will help stage the SprungDigi festival this weekend with innovative art installations, music and dance performancesAn interactive digital arts festival this weekend (10-12 July) will feature giant portraits of learning disabled people projected onto buildings, a ga[...]
Disabilities
4 weeks ago
It was an easy decision for Girl Scouts of Western Washington to return the money but it was heartbreaking to think of the girls it would have helpedMost people who know about the American Girl Scouts know about our cookies, and the outdoor opportunities we offer, but not everyone knows about our co[...]
CharitiesMinorities and ImmigrationDisabilities
4 weeks ago
David Cameron wants to encourage disabled people to work, yet he misunderstands: taxing independence payments will disincentivise us from getting jobs and fail to produce the expected savingsTuesday marked the end of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which has helped disabled people live an active [...]
EducationHealth and CareDisabilities
5 weeks ago
Whether it’s horse riding or canoeing, supported holidays give people with complex disabilities the chance to get away from it allI’m part of the holidays team at the deafblind charity Sense. We organise holidays and short breaks for people with multi-sensory impairments and other complex needs.[...]
CareersHealthChildren and Parenting
5 weeks ago
Number of children in relative and absolute poverty was 2.3m in 2014, but absolute poverty in households where member has disability risesThe number of children living in poverty was 2.3 million in 2014 but absolute poverty among households where a member has a disability has risen, official statist[...]
PovertyChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyDisabilities
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Latest Blog

32 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

38 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[...]
 
44 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[...]
 
283 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[...]