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Disabilities News

1 day ago
1.4 trillion to the federal deficit, will trigger automatic cuts to vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, social services and housing programs, and Medicare. The Senate passed its version of the tax bill and now, with the House, ...
General Social WorkHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 days ago
Disability charity Scope and others call for chancellor to withdraw his comments implying disabled people are to blame for sluggish economyDisability charity Scope called on Philip Hammond to withdraw his “totally unacceptable and derogatory comments” after he said Britain’s sluggish productiv[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
5 days ago
lder people with an intellectual disability can face “serious social isolation” which can have a negative impact on their health, writes Noel Baker. Research from the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we visit Casa Carlota, a Barcelona-based design studio that includes people with Down's syndrome, autism and intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities tend to have less obvious approaches to design and creativity Continue read[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
For many families with complex needs, respite centres such as Nascot Lawn, in Hertfordshire, are a vital safety net. But such places are fighting for their livesThe battle to save Nascot Lawn – a respite centre for disabled children in Watford – is in many ways a story about some of the biggest [...]
Children and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 week ago
Smith has spent 25 years encouraging other people with learning disabilities and campaigning to improve the quality of servicesStephen Smith, who has been voted by the public as Public Servant of the Year in the 2017 Guardian Public Service Awards, has been an avid campaigner for people with learnin[...]
Charities and VolunteerismDisabilities
1 week ago
n 2018, for example, the law would claim $14 billion in various farm aid programs; $1.7 billion for Social Services block grants, which states use to help fund foster care, Meals on Wheels and other programs; and $69 million for the Black Lung Disability ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughtsA House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people in despair at the system, including dozens who say they have been d[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
t beggars belief that the chancellor failed to mention social care once during his budget speech last Wednesday. For well over a year, there has been an overwhelming consensus that Britain’s care system for older people and disabled adults is on the ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
The idea that we are different and don’t want to work, laugh in a pub, or go on a date is far too common. The result, for far too many, is stark isolationIncreasingly, I feel lucky to leave the house. That’s a strange feeling for someone to have, particularly someone in their early 30s. As a mil[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
Six years after the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, Ray James’ new job is to ensure people with learning disabilities can move on from long-stay unitsRay James wants to feel uncomfortable. It’s the best way, he thinks, to make health and care leaders take action to break the logjam that keeps a[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Anne Wafula Strike receives financial settlement from CrossCountry trains over out of order accessible toilet but says a lot of change is still neededParalympian athlete Anne Wafula Strike has won a financial settlement from CrossCountry trains after she was forced to wet herself on a rail journey b[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Mistake in payment of employment and support allowance could cost up to £500m to correct
Tens of thousands of disability and sickness benefit claimants may have been underpaid and it could cost up to £500m to correct the error.
The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed it had identified[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
f I ruled the medical and social services world, I would decree that every case file contain not only a list of limitations, but also a list of unique strengths. Gatherings of the Jewish disabled should not overlook the average person with a disability ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Official review concludes there was no ‘causal association’ between drug Primodos and disabilities in babiesA hormone pregnancy test used in the 1960s and 1970s was not responsible for serious birth defects, according to an official review, which has been severely criticised by campaigners. An e[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Seven Guardian readers have documented their experiences of everyday discrimination over a month. From inaccessible public transport to ‘helpful’ advice from strangers, it’s a revealing portrait of disabilism in the UKNina lives in London. She has Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and is a wheelchair us[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Don’t ask someone what their disabilities are. Don’t give help without asking. Don’t tell anyone they are ‘brave’. Seven people reveal their everyday disabilism bugbearsWhat is life really like for disabled people? The Disability Diaries reveal allPeople think that if you have a disability[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
We asked seven people to keep diaries for a month to document the reality of being disabled in Britain today. Frances Ryan reflects on the issues that arose – public transport, employment, housing, attitudes – and meets four of the diaristsSeven things you should stop saying and doing to disable[...]
Housing and PovertyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Disabled people aged 18-64 make up a third of all social care users, yet they are not getting the support they needThere’s no doubt that one of the biggest challenges facing Britain is how we deal with our ageing population. The countless warnings about the crisis in social care leave no room for [...]
PolicyHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
For nearly 30 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has protected the day-to-day rights of disabled people. A new bill threatens to take them awayAmid the chaos of US policymaking under Donald Trump it could be easy to miss all manner of damaging manoeuvres. However, when it comes to attacks on[...]
EducationDisabilities
4 weeks ago
he heartbroken parents of a teenager with learning difficulties have hit our at social services for “failing” their vulnerable daughter. Chloe Jackson had a tough start to life when she was born 13 weeks early and given just a 1% chance of survival.
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingDisabilities
4 weeks ago
I’m a community care solicitor and have to turn people away who can’t afford private legal advice to appeal decisions about their health and social care I am the head of a small team of community care lawyers funded by legal aid to assist some of the most vulnerable people in society and challen[...]
PovertyHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Report on June’s general election uncovers complaints about access to polling stations and lack of secrecy Some disabled people were denied their vote at June’s general election because they were turned away at the polling station or were unable to get inside, a report says. The Electoral Commis[...]
Disabilities
5 weeks ago
UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted ca[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
5 weeks ago
Staff on sleep-in shifts are owed £400m – we need their skills more than ever and must treat them fairlyIt should have been a big victory for care workers. For years, those on overnight “sleep-in” shifts in the homes of disabled adults and older people have been paid a flat rate, typically be[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
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Latest Blog

44 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor Lisa Primm admittedly has a soft spot in her heart for children. As a disability rights social worker, Primm had as a client a young boy with severe diabetes. He received a dog that was trained to be responsive to the sugar levels in his saliva, and would alert his[...]
 

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406 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[...]