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Disabil News

2 days ago
The CQC’s new framework focuses on safety and leadership. Owners and managers of services rated outstanding give their advice on acing an inspectionWhen Maggie Candy became manager of Marlborough Court in south London in January 2012, the care home a troubled history. It had been embargoed several[...]
HealthHealth and Ca
2 days ago
Half a million people believe they have been denied insurance because of a disability. Businesses could prosper if they tried to understand unique needsIn Stoke-on-Trent in around 1995, a retail manager looked my students up and down and said: “Sorry duck, but could you leave please? It isn’t ap[...]
PolicyEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
3 days ago
Severely ill and disabled people in Oxfordshire say they are being asked to foot the bill for drastic council funding cutsIan Felton, 70, does not relish the idea of staying in bed to save money. But he has been forced to consider that option after his local council informed him that he would be pay[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and
4 days ago
Campaigners say tribunal finding in favour of Meseret Kumulchew highlights duty to make allowances for dyslexic staffStarbucks has lost a disability discrimination case after it wrongly accused a dyslexic employee of falsifying documents when she had simply misread numbers she was responsible for re[...]
Disabilities
4 days ago
The new police corruption offence is open to interpretation and could be used more widely than intendedIn July 2013, Bijan Ebrahimi, a disabled refugee originally from Iran, was beaten to death and his body burned by “vigilante” neighbours in Bristol. His repeated calls for help from Avon and So[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
4 days ago
A lack of support and knowledge about FASD leaves foster carers, adopters and social workers in the darkSam Lister and her partner Paul had never heard of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. But as experienced foster carers with 13 placements behind them, they knew there was something wrong with their[...]
ChildrenChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
4 days ago
pproximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter ...
General Social WorkGerontologyDisabilities
1 week ago
Lucie loves swimming, Mark is a keen dancer, and Charles likes to climb. Polly Braden spent two years photographing people whose lives have been transformed by one groundbreaking organisationI am sitting in the Great Holm Coffee Shop, in Milton Keynes, being served with extreme care. This clean, col[...]
CharitiesHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
People in power are paying more attention to those with lived experience, but for true change they need to share leadershipIt’s been a year since I put pen to paper for these pages. Last time I wrote about negative labels, stereotypes, stigma and how I was sharing my story to help others tell thei[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
n a letter to the Learning Disability group, chief officer for social services, Neil Ayling said: “People have told us they valued the opportunity to attend a day opportunity placement, and to learn new skills, to meet people and make new friends ...
General Social WorkDisabilities
1 week ago
To move care from secure units to the community, local authorities, providers and families need to work togetherLast summer, 24-year-old Jo moved from a secure inpatient setting in the west of England to a flat not far from her parents in the south.Jo, who has a learning disability and behaviour reg[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Peers vote by 283 to 198 to send proposal back to Commons, in second welfare and work bill setback for government this weekThe government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut £30 a week from the benefits of sick and disabled people who have been found unfit to work.Peers voted by 2[...]
PovertyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Plans to cap benefits for social housing tenants in line with private sector deferred for a year until review is completedHousing benefits cuts that would hit the most vulnerable people living in social housing will be deferred for a year until a review of the sector has been completed, the governme[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyGerontologyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Speaking on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Paul Rutherford says he’s “absolutely delighted” the Court of Appeal has ruled that the bedroom tax discriminates against his family. Mr Rutherford lives with his wife Sue and seriously disabled grandson Warren who needs overnight care in a specia[...]
HousingChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Victim of domestic violence and grandparents of severely disabled teenager win challenges over lawfulness of policyThe bedroom tax has been declared unlawful by the appeal court due to its impact on vulnerable individuals, dealing a significant blow to the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Sm[...]
HousingChildren and ParentingDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Playwright Athena Stevens, who has cerebral palsy, claims she has lost much of her independence since alleged incidentBritish Airways and London City airport are facing allegations they irreparably damaged the £25,000 wheelchair belonging to a playwright, actor and activist, who has been left [...]
2 weeks ago
Three people with a learning disability die unnecessarily every day. If staff had the right training, this could be stoppedI know we’re lucky to have healthcare available to everyone in this country, but people with learning disabilities are not getting the quality of care they should. I have a le[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment P
2 weeks ago
Disability rights campaigner Zara Todd has been fighting for disabled people to live in the mainstream since she was 11 years oldZara Todd recalls two incidents from her schooldays that prompted her at an early age to campaign for the rights of children and young people with disabilities. In one ins[...]
Children and ParentingEducationDisabilities
2 weeks ago
When my Lancashire hotpot beat a professional chef’s, I decided to revive my website about cooking with a chronic illnessThe cooking skills I learned in school have served me well, helping nab Julie, my wife, who was won over by my Burmese curry, and sustaining me in my private war with primary pr[...]
HealthEducation
2 weeks ago
A government consultation aims to cut welfare further by arguing that some people claiming disability benefits aren’t actually disabledThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) knows a good day to bury bad news. Veiled under the New Year holiday – in a consultation set to close next week – th[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Charities hail major victory as it emerges that those who spend more than 35 hours a week caring will be exempt from the capThe government has finally abandoned its controversial policy of imposing benefit cap penalties on full-time carers for adult relatives, two months after a court found it unlaw[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilitiesCriminal Justic
2 weeks ago
Five-year-old Sophie is one of many disabled, ill and non-disabled children who have learned to dance at the Flamingo Chicks schoolUntil Sophie, five, started dance classes, she had never been on a play date. Sophie, who has sensory difficulties and is on the autism spectrum, began weekly inclusive [...]
ChildrenChildrenChildren and ParentingEducationDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Jane Martinson (Diversity woes not just black and white, 25 January) mentioned in passing the paucity of disabled talent in the media. But there is an additional factor that justifiably annoys disabled actors who face similar but different exclusion and prejudice to those experienced by actors from [...]
Minorities and ImmigrationDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Cross-party group of MPs calls for access to elected office scheme to be revived after it was put on hold following general electionMPs from across the political spectrum have called on the government to reinstate a fund to help disabled people stand for elected office before May’s local and regio[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
The thalidomide activist on family, frustration and a powerful new documentary, Attacking the DevilWhat is the main message of new documentary Attacking the Devil, about Harold Evans’s Sunday Times campaign to win compensation for thalidomide families?
It is that one person can make a differe[...]
HealthChildren and Parenting
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11 weeks ago
        November 25, 2015 NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Respite: Care for Caregivers, emphasizes that respite is essential to family caregiver well-being. Social workers play an integral role in helping family caregivers to a[...]
 

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26 weeks ago
Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, and has been estimated to affect four out of five families. The aftermath of stroke can devastate both survivors and their spouses. Survivors of stroke often come to rely on informal caregivers, such as partners or spouses, once[...]
 
310 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[...]