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Disabilities News

2 days ago
David Cameron wants to encourage disabled people to work, yet he misunderstands: taxing independence payments will disincentivise us from getting jobs and fail to produce the expected savingsTuesday marked the end of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which has helped disabled people live an active [...]
EducationHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Number of children in relative and absolute poverty was 2.3m in 2014, but absolute poverty in households where member has disability risesThe number of children living in poverty was 2.3 million in 2014 but absolute poverty among households where a member has a disability has risen, official statist[...]
PovertyChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyDisabilities
1 week ago
Disability rights campaigners clash with police inside the House of Commons after trying to storm the chamber during prime minister's questions. Around 30 protesters staged a noisy demonstration against benefit cuts in central lobby. Footage shot by Kate Belgrave a disability rights campaigner, show[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Scuffles break out between police and protesters demonstrating against scrapping of £320m independent living fundA group of disability campaigners have clashed with police inside the House of Commons after they tried to storm the chamber during prime minister’s questions to protest against benefi[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Small things can have a massive impact on how an autistic person feels in an appointment. Here one blogger gives his golden rules for social care professionals As a person with autism, when I have had dealings with social care professionals during assessments and other meetings, I have found them in[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Shaun Webster, who has learning disabilities, campaigns for learning disabled people to be much more visible in our communities at home and abroadShaun Webster endured frequent ridicule from colleagues when he worked in a warehouse, sweeping the floor. In the 12 years since quitting the job, Webster[...]
Charities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Arrangements for the future care and support of 18,000 severely disabled people have been hit by chaos and uncertainly, a new report suggestsWith a week to go before the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), things do not seem especially reassuring for many of the 18,000 severely disabled pe[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Tomorrow, on 24 April, another “assisted dying” bill reaches parliament, presented by MP Rob Marris.Most doctors don’t believe assisting patients’ suicides should be part of clinical practice. Those specialising in the care of dying people are almost unanimously opposed. Many disabled people[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Insecurity of zero-hours contracts and workplace cuts increase the ill-health of people with a disability, a new study showsSarah Dean is not the image of a disabled person in work the government wants you to see. The 26-year-old has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive [...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Use of the word retard as an insult aimed at people with learning disabilities is still common in the US. But a grassroots campaign under the banner of the Special Olympics aims to eliminate itThe website for the campaign to banish the “R-word” is filled with stories from people vowing to never[...]
HealthHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
CCTV footage would not prevent abuse and could lead to culture of ‘remote supervision’, delegates tell nursing conventionNurses have voted to oppose the use of covert filming in nursing and residential homes, saying it would not stop abuse and could lead to a culture of “remote supervision”.[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyDisabilities
2 weeks ago
A letter signed by more than 100 charities and the Mencap president, Brian Rix, said decades of advances for those with learning disabilities could be lost“Basic rights of people with a learning disability are threatened by welfare cuts”The hard-won rights of people with a learning disability to[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Campaigners fought for more than 60 years so people with a learning disability can make their own choices in life and be part of mainstream society. However, I fear we are about to go backwards on decades of hard-fought victories which secured disabled people’s rights and inclusion in society.I ha[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
As the Guardian launches its 2015 Charity Awards, the recipients of last year’s prizes share what it meant to themThe only downside of winning last year’s Guardian Charity Awards, Naomi Marek says with a smile, is how much extra work her small charity has had to do. Marek, chief executive of Sky[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Justin Tomlinson’s letter (12 June) in response to Aditya Chakrabortty’s article (Disabled people have become human collateral in an ideological war, 9 June) is a travesty of the truth. One inaccuracy is his claim that under current government proposals closure of the independent living fund and[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Aditya Chakrabortty’s article (Disabled people have become human collateral in an ideological war, 9 June) is a travesty of the truth. First among a catalogue of inaccuracies is the claim that support made available to some disabled people under the independent living fund is to be removed. Respon[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Alzheimer’s Australia says the National Disability Insurance Scheme would not be able to cope with the 25,100 people under 65 with dementia currently serviced by the specialised programAlzheimer’s Australia says the future of the only program to help young Australians diagnosed with dementia wil[...]
Disabilities
3 weeks ago
Disability advocates say the discussion around domestic violence has so far excluded the experience of victims living with a disability
Tackling domestic violence may have finally found its place on the national agenda, but disability advocates say the discussion has so far “obscured” and “[...]
EducationDisabilitiesWomens Issues
3 weeks ago
The ‘unlawful’ delay of the personal independence payment (Pip) for disabled people is just the latest in a dismal list of benefit reform failures. Don’t expect it to get better or an apology from the contemptuous government departmentHere’s a modest proposal for a Department for Work and Pe[...]
DisabilitiesCriminal Justice
3 weeks ago
Life costs on average £550 more a month if you are disabled. Taxing the funding disabled people get to help with these costs would destroy one of the pillars of the welfare stateOn inequality, the government is increasingly wearing the Emperor’s New Clothes: it’s not about reality, but how that[...]
Disabilities
4 weeks ago
Council care bosses urge ‘sustained and substantial’ extra funds to help older and disabled people in EnglandMore than £1bn will be cut from social care services for older and disabled people in England over the next year, leaving tens of thousands facing reduced help with basic tasks such[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Asked in the Commons if he stood by the commitments he made on disability benefits during the election campaign, the PM declined to commentDavid Cameron has declined to rule out cuts to disability benefits as part of George Osborne’s planned £12bn welfare savings to be outlined this year.The[...]
Children and ParentingDisabilities
4 weeks ago
Sky Badger is here to help families of children with disabilities. Here’s how it startedAt school a friend once told me that if you put a frog into boiling water it jumps straight out, but if you put a frog into cold water and gradually heat it up, it just sits there and boils. I don’t know if i[...]
CareersCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismEducationDisabilities
4 weeks ago
As minister for disabled people, I want to increase the number that the Access to Work scheme can help, not only to get jobs but also to stay in themSince the role of minister for disabled people was created in 1974, our understanding of what it means to be disabled and the type of support available[...]
Disabilities
6 weeks ago
Campaign to change social attitudes towards people with disabilities was inspired by writer, comedian and advocate Stella Young, who died in December Continue reading...
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28 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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34 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[...]
 
40 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[...]
 
278 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[...]