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Disabilities News

3 days ago
Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy are also less likely to have severe disabilities, although some risk of delayed development remains Premature babies born in recent years are more likely to survive and less likely to have severe disabilities than those born in the mid-1990s, research ha[...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
4 days ago
As disability rights campaigners head to Geneva to challenge the government’s record, long-time advocate Liz Sayce says policies promoting disabled people’s full participation in society are urgently neededIn the quarter century that Liz Sayce, 63, has been an advocate for disability rights, she[...]
Disabilities
5 days ago
Equality and Human Rights Commission outlines strategy that also recommends giving fathers additional paternity leaveSweeping employment changes, including advertising all UK jobs with flexible working and giving fathers additional paternity leave, should be made to tackle the gender pay gap, the eq[...]
WomenChildren and ParentingDisabilitiesWomens
6 days ago
Young adult carers who spend hours looking after their loved ones shouldn’t do so at the expense of their own lives, health or housingEighteen-year-old Reece has been looking after his own family for at least the past decade, including his mum, who suffered kidney failure in 2015, his nan and his [...]
HousingPovertyHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthDisabilities
1 week ago
Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequalityThe health gap between rich and poor is growing in England, according to shocking figures compiled by the Department of Health.Despite government pledges to reduce inequali[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
The row over six years of back pay has led to one man being warned he could face a bill of up to £45,000
Disabled people who employ their own care workers have begun to receive claims for back pay as the crisis over wages for sleep-in shifts forces intervention by the prime minister’s right-h[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
ot only is this a story about a council’s Social Services department overstepping its bounds, but it also shows how government works to deny valid diagnoses of illness for its own purposes. The details are being serialised on Jayne Linney’s blog site ...
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingDisabilities
1 week ago
s the Trump wrecking crew ramps up its destructive campaign against federal health and safety protections and social services for impoverished, disabled and vulnerable people (young and old) the latest targets of their ire are the federal civil servants ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
High court judge orders NHS to reconsider decision to refuse funding for Kuvan drug for seven-year-old with autism and PKUThe parents of a boy with a rare genetic condition have won a high court victory in their battle over the NHS’s decision to refuse funding for a “life-changing” drug.
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HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
My disability has a name,” Katherine Toomey says. “I got pissed off about it when I was about 14 and my dad was like, ‘You realise all the things that you think are awful to do with you and your disability are actually just your disability?’ My ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
A group of 31 MPs writes to urge the government to postpone the introduction of universal credit in their constituencies until after the festive periodWe are concerned about the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed rollout of universal credit (UC) in our constituencies during November and De[...]
PovertyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
My friend Keith Armstrong, who has died of cancer aged 67, was a dynamic activist for the rights of people with disabilities. He was also highly creative, working as an artist, poet and musician; and was a serious scholar of the history and linguistics of disability.He contracted polio during infanc[...]
Housing and PovertyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Accountable care systems are being talked up as the new way of keeping older people out of hospital. Or are they just privatisation by the back door?“My life now is 100% better. In my old flat I was socially isolated and didn’t get out much. But here I have as much privacy but also as much activ[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
s MacQueen was a manager in the council’s social work team, the panel heard. She admits she decided ‘child one’ was not at risk of continuing harm without considering her learning disability or her mother’s ability to protect her. She also admits ...
General Social WorkChildren and ParentingDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Carers deserve to be paid the minimum wage overnight. Politicians must work together to provide sustainable fundingWho cares for the carers? The unexpected answer is the taxman. It is HMRC that enforces the minimum wage. Earlier this year, in a case brought by Unison, an employment tribunal ruled th[...]
Health and CareGerontologyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
n increase to BC disability and welfare rates will improve the lives of those living in poverty, but more help is needed, according to local poverty advocates. Premier John Horgan announced on Thursday, July 20, that his government would be following ...
General Social WorkHousing and PovertyDisabilities
3 weeks ago
Although specialist Admiral nurses can prevent hospital admissions and save money, there are only 200 in the UK and many counties have none at allKate and Jon Henderson have devoted the past decade to looking after their 67-year-old mother, Sally, who has dementia. At first the siblings, who, until [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
4 weeks ago
ongress took two big steps this week that could have a major impact on seniors and younger people with disabilities. The one that got the most attention, of course, was the Senate’s failure to pass a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The second ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Therapies for multiple sclerosis are becoming more effective. But an underfunded NHS is struggling to provide timely diagnosis and make the latest treatments widely availableMore than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), the most common cause of serious physical disability in worki[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
4 weeks ago
A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their wheelchair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say“I feel like a prisoner who every now and again is let out on day release,” Kelly Palmer, 38, says from her home in Newport, south Wa[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
4 weeks ago
Tory group sets out vision for human rights after Brexit, including call to remain in the European court of human rightsRail operators should be stripped of franchises if they fail to meet standards for making their services accessible for disabled people, a Conservative thinktank has argued in a re[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
4 weeks ago
A new Australian documentary, Defiant Lives, traces the history of disability rights at home and abroad, with the aim of challenging the movement’s erasure“When you talk about disability rights with people, they just look at you like they didn’t think such a thing existed,” says Dr George Ta[...]
Disabilities
5 weeks ago
Sometimes sick people such as Charlie Gard have to be allowed to die, write GM Draper, Donal Manning, Peter Freyhan and Veronica EdwardsMalcolm Pittock says he mentally flinches when he hears the phrase “own best interest” used by “some socially powerful institution” when deciding if someone[...]
HealthChildrenHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
5 weeks ago
Jeremy Hunt pledges funding for 27 hospitals across England after the WannaCry ransomware attack disabled NHS IT systemsHospitals responsible for treating patients from major incidents including terrorist attacks will receive £21m to beef up their cybersecurity in the wake of the WannaCry assault o[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
6 weeks ago
‘Hurry!’ came the advice following diagnosis. ‘Save your child from autism before it’s too late!’ But how do you save your child from something when you don’t know what that something is? The road to understanding autism is unfinished, zigzagging and punctuated by speed bumps, the first [...]
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Latest Blog

28 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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42 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 15-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder became lost in Naperville, Ill., in July. Her parents had been working with her, and she had successfully been going outside alone, walking up and down the block where she lives. She had done well with that and wante[...]
 
390 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[...]