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Disabilities News

6 hours ago
Male carers who can prove they are acting in their partners’ interests would escape punishment under ‘coercive control’ legislationA new law on domestic violence that criminalises “coercive control” could exclude women with disabilities, who are particularly vulnerable to such abuse, say c[...]
WomenHealth and CareMental HealthDisabilitiesCriminal JusticeWomens Issues
9 hours ago
Attacks on the celebrity’s entitlement to state support are part of a deeper assault on the principle of social securityThe words Katie Price and taxpayers’ money are the sort that can separately invoke outrage-based hernias; put together, they can result in social media collapsing in a pool of [...]
ChildrenEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
16 hours ago
We may be giving training to those carrying out the work capability test, but that does not mean we will stop campaigning vigorously to improve government policies on disabilityWhat do you do when government policies don’t work at all? The work capability assessment (WCA) is an obvious example. It[...]
Housing and PovertyDisabilities
1 day ago
Disabled and ill people unable to get to hospital and forced out of their homes as personal independence payments (PIP) come under scrutiny by MPsMark Harper, the minister for disabled people, will appear in front of the work and pensions select committee on Wednesday today to defend the government[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
2 days ago
Research on 85 families finds less than a third of siblings with autism carry the same genetic risk, and in nearly 70% of cases known contributory mutations do not overlapA major study of autism in families has found that brothers and sisters who have the condition often carry different genetic risk[...]
Disabilities
2 days ago
he home was infested with insects and lacked food, according to the chief. Three social services agencies were monitoring the family when the mauling took place. Smythe said the couple had developmental disabilities and he questioned their ability to care ...
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
5 days ago
We hide our vulnerability under success and fancy suits, but in fragility lies the deeper connection to our humanityAs the world’s 1% and their courtiers were preparing to meet on the ski slopes of Davos, the heroic figure of Jean Vanier – founder of the L’Arche communities – shuffled into a[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
If you tamper with the support disabled people rely on to work, being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home, staring at the kitchen wallsYou’d be forgiven for having missed the current mess of Access to Work – the fund delivered through Jobcentre Plus that pa[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Brilliant though Eddie Redmayne’s performance is, The Theory of Everything leaves the grim reality of managing the most normal daily functions a complete blankEddie Redmayne has added an Oscar nomination for best actor to his Golden Globe for his performance as Stephen Hawking. It is so entrancing[...]
EducationHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
e swapped the pencil for a paintbrush and taught himself to work with oils. He earned a master’s degree in social work. He wrote his memoir. He opened an art gallery. Although he’s no longer associated with the organization, he also founded Camp ...
General Social WorkEducationDisabilities
2 weeks ago
My heart goes out to Linda Cooksey, not only for losing her brother but for having to deal with the frustrations of getting the government to publish details of the review (Report, 12 January). It is terrifying that public funding cuts are being made to the third sector when they are the lifeline fo[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
The Crown Prosecution Service has a new disability hate crime action plan to ensure we correctly identify and deal with these toxic crimes that can be easily missedWe are lucky to live in a safe, just and tolerant country and the public rely on prosecutors, law enforcement and the criminal justice s[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
hese weren’t popular moves, but it meant that social services for those without much money or with disabilities still could turn to Annapolis for assistance. It still remains a mystery why O’Malley, who had weathered a host of fiscal storms as mayor ...
General Social WorkDisabilities
2 weeks ago
The Hollywood star has teamed up with a friend with a learning disability to co-write and co-star in a production about the life-enhancing powers of actingOne is a world-famous Hollywood actor; the other a man with a learning disability. They met by chance and formed a warm, supportive friendship. T[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
Rights groups say tax is unfair to people with physical problems who cannot trade down to smaller, rented propertyA legal case to be heard at the supreme court will decide whether the government’s housing benefit regulations – the bedroom tax – discriminates unfairly against disabled adults. T[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Twenty years ago, a critic caused a storm by declaring a dance piece ‘victim art’. Disabled dancers and choreographers who work with drug addicts and ex-prisoners reveal what has changed sinceIn December 1994, the dance critic Arlene Croce told her readers in the New Yorker that she wouldn’t b[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal JusticeWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear – especially amongst the disabledPleas to the government to suspend its benefit sanctions regime pending a fundamental review of its impact – especially on the mentally ill and disabled – were made at the first[...]
HealthDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Elderly and disabled becoming ‘bedblockers’, despite wantiing to go home, as private care firms refuse to take on their casesSitting in the chair beside her hospital bed in a nightie, Elizabeth Lee would much rather be elsewhere – at home. “I’ve been here since mid-September and was told I[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
When he saw the spec for his role as Walt Jr in Breaking Bad – ‘dark hair, big eyebrows, cerebral palsy’ – the young star knew it was the part for him. Now he’s keen to show the true potential of disabled actors“Growing up, I didn’t see anyone like me on TV,” says RJ Mitte. On first [...]
Children and ParentingDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Accident and emergency units in England have recorded their worst-ever performance, according to official figures1. People are more unwell than ever before While Britain’s healthy life expectancy – the time people live free of disease or disability – is lengthening, there has also never been m[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
From interactive toys to intelligent spoons and smart glasses, these are some of the latest inventions set to make a big social impactThe annual Nominet Trust 100 highlights global digital social innovation, much of it showcasing technologies that are tackling social challenges in developing countri[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Universal healthcare is often presented as an idealistic goal that remains out of reach for all but the richest nations. That’s not the case, writes Amartya Sen. Look at what has been achieved in Rwanda, Thailand and BangladeshTwenty-five hundred years ago, the young Gautama Buddha left his prince[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
The myth of the ‘extreme male brain’ means women with autism are struggling to get the help they needIn her early 20s, Mina saw three GPs as she tried to get an assessment for Asperger syndrome (AS), a form of autism she’d suspected she had since she was 11. All refused to give her the referra[...]
WomenHealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment PolicyDisabilitiesWomens Issues
3 weeks ago
Screening offered for rare metabolic diseases that can leave babies unable to process food and cause death or disabilityA programme to screen newborn babies for four rare life-threatening genetic disorders begins this week.All babies born in England will from Monday be offered screening for the four[...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Lili shops, cooks, cleans and helps to look after her disabled mother, and her younger brother and sister. Kate Hilpern meets a bright, creative eight-year-old girl, who is one of thousands of Britain’s young carersLili Kirtin-Grossman has all the traits you might expect in an eight-year-old [...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
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6 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[...]
 

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11 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[...]
 
18 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[...]