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Disabilities News

9 hours ago
properly sized door was needed to provide egress to a wheelchair ramp, but it was not covered by insurance nor any social service program. Trudi Gunsberg, a case manager at Special Child Health Services of Passaic County, contacted D. Jane Albanese ...
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
20 hours ago
‘You’re never free of worry’: buses and trains can be a lifeline for disabled people, but cuts and poor planning are preventing independent travel“It only needs one bad driver to spoil your day,” says Gwyneth Pedler, a scooter user, in London. “You set off in a morning and you’re worry[...]
Housing and PovertyDisabilities
4 days ago
Australia is ‘20 years behind’ in terms of disability-led performance and the fight for real representation is just beginningIn the old courthouse in Geelong, 75km south-west of Melbourne, the Back to Back theatre troupe is rehearsing their new play, Lady Eats Apple. Mark Deans begins the read-t[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
5 days ago
Cruel benefit changes mean reassessment over and over again for blind people, paraplegics and many others – all fed by the myth about ‘scroungers cheating the system’You know the one about the scrounging disability-benefit claimant: that woman with the limp who has always got the latest design[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
6 days ago
aws will have to be adjusted to conform to the agreement, such as laws regarding services for people with disabilities and social services provided by municipalities.
General Social WorkDisabilities
1 week ago
Tim Smart quits troubled organisation that has been criticised for failing to investigate deaths of more than 1,000 patientsThe interim chair of troubled Southern Health NHS foundation trust has become the latest senior figure to quit the organisation.The trust has been widely criticised for failing[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyMental HealthGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 week ago
teven Banks, commissioner of the Department of Social Services, said three recent settlements in A.D.A. lawsuits against the cityâ s welfare agency could provide a model for resolving the new lawsuit. â Here, we have the ability to do the same ...
General Social WorkHousing and PovertyDisabilities
1 week ago
Disability discrimination is alive and well, especially among UK policymakers, as the end of the Independent Living Fund proves
Since the London Paralympics, many disabled activists have contrasted the way in which a few elite disabled athletes have been bigged up as “superhumans” and “Yes [...]
PolicyHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
he Department of Social Services has launched a new website, CaringCareers.org, and an accompanying public awareness campaign. “More than ever in Connecticut, our older adults and citizens with disabilities are able to make the choice to live at home ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
People born with limb defects due to the thalidomide drug are facing new penalties half a century on as their PIP disability benefits are cutFor Phil Spanswick, who has lived all his life with shortened limbs, three fingers on one hand and four on the other, as a result of the thalidomide scandal, i[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Welcoming the start of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games, which got underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Games not only showcase the extraordinary abilities of athletes living with a disability, they also promote the rights of[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
Differences in quality of treatment for patients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities revealed in NHS England figuresPatients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities are being let down by their local health services in many parts of England, new figures show.A postcode lottery[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
An up and coming wheelchair basketball player and a university student are among many disabled people whose life chances have been hitYou wouldn’t expect a member of Great Britain’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball team to be living in an old people’s home. But Freya Levy, 20, has had to live [...]
Children and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Katrina Percy to keep pay deal of about £240,000 a year in new role after quitting as head of NHS trust that was criticised over death of Connor SparrowhawkThe boss of an NHS trust that was widely criticised for failing to investigate unexpected deaths of patients with mental health problems or lea[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Your report (Farming rethink demanded as wildlife suffers, 27 August), mentioning the fact that the “amount of time given by conservation volunteers has fallen”, reveals a hidden effect of austerity hurting people as much as the planet. In the first round of austerity cuts one nearby local autho[...]
Charities and VolunteerismDisabilities
4 weeks ago
NHS trust’s leadership was criticised after death of Connor Sparrowhawk, and Katrina Percy says her role has become untenableThe boss of an NHS trust that was widely criticised for failing to investigate unexpected deaths of patients with mental health problems or learning disabilities has resigne[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
The ball game, which can be played by the severely disabled, first appeared at the Games in 1984 and is growing fastIt is a sport many have never heard of, but it’s one that offers a lifeline for those who can find a club.Boccia – pronounced bot-cha – was designed to enable severely disabled a[...]
Disabilities
4 weeks ago
Colin Rogers writes: Lord Rix was effective in giving people with learning disabilities a voice and in helping to ensure that it is heard, not just because he was a passionate and powerful advocate, but also because he earned their trust, and that of their families and supporters. When Brian walked [...]
CharitiesHealthDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Without competing as to which group has been most affected by austerity and agreeing with Jackie Ashley’s concern about cuts in services for disabled people (In Rio, as in Britain, disability rights are under attack again, 25 August), please do not forget the position of young people’s services.[...]
Children and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
4 weeks ago
t's the same argument he's used to block efforts to fund social service groups during the budget impasse. The moves also further fueled the anger of labor groups and providers who contend they've been repeatedly targeted by Rauner and forced to bear the ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
4 weeks ago
In 2012 we hailed Paralympians as heroes. Now they face a grimly familiar cycle of cuts and contempt, as the clock turns back on compassionIgnore the cynics. A huge number of us loved the Rio Olympics, and before that loved the London Olympics, and are proud of how many gold medals Team GB managed t[...]
Disabilities
4 weeks ago
amily members also said Blackwell has a mental disability. Jeff Lewis said their older son, who is 2, was taken by the Department of Social Services after William's death. He's trying to get his son back now. Blackwell walked into court Tuesday with her ...
General Social WorkEducationDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
5 weeks ago
Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith claims credit for fighting Tory disability benefit cuts and sets out clear welfare pledgesThirty seconds after taking his seat in the conference room of Nottingham Trent University, which is a makeshift base camp on the Labour leader hustings trail, leadership co[...]
EducationDisabilities
5 weeks ago
Tributes paid to actor who spent more than 60 years campaigning to improve the lives of people with learning disabilitiesBrian Rix, the learning disability campaigner and actor, has died aged 92.The Mencap president, who previously served as the charity’s secretary general and chairman, had been i[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
5 weeks ago
When you cry down the phone I feel like crying too, but if I speak to you for longer than 23 minutes and go off-script I risk losing my jobThis morning I spoke to a cancer patient, a woman with kidney failure, and a young man who had just lost the mother of his children. Each of them thought I was t[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
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11 weeks ago
The final week of Pride Month included an event at the White House, the naming of a new National Monument, a sea-change of policy at the Department of Defense. On Monday, June 27, 2016, the White House convened a White House Forum on the LGBT and Disability Issues.   Maria Town, Associate Director[...]
 

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43 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[...]
 
343 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[...]